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An international search is under way for the parents of a young girl after Greek police seized her from the the home of a Roma couple.
Detectives say DNA tests prove the girl is not their daughter, as the couple were claiming. They fear the child may have been abducted or trafficked.
The parents of Madeleine McCann have said it gives them hope that one day she may also be found alive.
ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar reports:
The sister of a child who went missing in Greece more than 20 years ago says she wants her own DNA to be tested against that of a little girl found in a Roma camp in the country in case the girl is related to her missing brother.
Sheffield boy Ben Needham was just 21 months old when he went missing on Greek holiday island Kos in 1991.
His sister Leighanna Needham, 20, never met Ben but said the discovery of the girl - called Maria - in the camp was welcome news for her family's fight for answers.
"I think that would be a brilliant thing to get our DNA out there, even if it's not actually Ben but any siblings or any children maybe of Ben [that are found] then that could hopefully lead us to him," she told Sky News.
Greek police who raided the camp of a Roma Gypsy community have discovered a four-year-old girl they fear may have been trafficked or abducted by the family she was found with.
The girl, going by the name of 'Maria', looked nothing like the couple she was living with, officials said.
DNA tests have since proved she was not their biological child.
Now, the family of Ben Needham, who went missing on the Greek island of Kos in 1991, says the discovery has given them new hope.
The gypsy camp, in Larissa, central Greece, was investigated by police. A prisoner in the town told police Ben was being held there.
Speaking exclusively to Calendar, his mother Kerry said today: "My family and I are extremely delighted by the news of the 4-year-old girl who has been found in a gypsy Camp in Larissa.
"We have always believed that Ben's abduction was gypsy-related, and have had a long ongoing inquiry in Larrisa. We hope that the investigation into Ben's disappearance will now be looked at again in Larrisa with the British and Greek police."
A four-year-old girl found living on a Roma settlement with a family who was not related to her has been taken to a hospital for a medical check and will then be transferred to a home of the child welfare charity organisation Smile of the Child.
The president of the organisation, Costas Yannopoulos, said the girl was in a state of shock and confusion.
The president of a children's organisation has said that a four-year-old girl found in a Roma camp in Greece could have been kidnapped.
Kostas Yannopoulos told journalists: "It shows that it could be kidnapping and combined effort of these people to buy and sell children, and when you have a good commodity like this one, they try to find a better price...because she was blonde, she was cute".
The parents of Madeleine McCann were given "great hope" after a mystery blonde girl reportedly snatched from her family was found living with gypsies, according to the Daily Mirror.
Greek authorities launched an international appeal to help identify the four-year-old blonde girl.
The child was found on Wednesday near Farsala in central Greece during a nationwide crackdown on illegal activities by Roma, also known as Gypsies.
Speaking to The Mirror, a spokesman for the McCanns said: “This gives Kate and Gerry great hope that Madeleine could be found alive.”
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A couple will stand trial after being charged with abducting a mystery young blonde girl found by Greek police in a raid on a Roma camp.
Greek authorities have launched a worldwide appeal to find the parents of a mystery girl found during a search of a Roma camp.