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Ben Needham's family vow to stay 'strong and resolute'

The family of missing Ben Needham say they remain "strong and resolute" as they continue their search for him after a DNA test on a young man on Cyprus proved negative.

The family who spent Ben's 24th birthday today awaiting the results of tests on a young man who has facial similarities with reconstructions of how Ben may now look.

Ben, from Sheffield, went missing on the Greek island of Kos 22 years ago, when he was a toddler.

A longer post on the campaign group's official Facebook page said the news was disappointing but their hopes of finding Ben were still strong as there are other leads currently being looked into.

Needham sister wants her DNA tested against Maria's

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.


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Kerry Needham follows up new leads in search for Ben

Kerry Needham has returned home to Yorkshire after spending three weeks in Greece following up more tip-offs from the public about where her son might be.

Kerry's son Ben went missing from the Greek island of Kos in 1991 but the police search and the high-profile excavation at the farmhouse from where he disappeared, have thrust his case once more into the world spotlight.

She made the trip after new leads emerged in December, following an appeal on a live Greek show which specialises in tracing missing people. The programme showed clips from Calendar of Kerry's most testing times in the hunt for her son. She spoke to Calendar last night.

Toy fragments unearthed in search for Ben Needham

Digging around the area of farmland were Ben disappeared more than 20 years ago has entered a sixth day. Credit: ITV Calendar

The family of Ben Needham have been shown fragments of toys unearthed by police searching the area of farmland where he disappeared.

Police in Kos are using specially trained Cadavar dogs to help them as they continue to excavate the area.

ITV Calendar has the full story.


Police use radar equipment in search for Ben

UK police in Kos have been using the specialist equipment to search the area around the farmhouse Ben Needham disappeared from. Credit: ITV News

UK police officers are using a specialist penetrating radar system capable of x-raying the ground in their search for Ben Needham. Home Office staff are using the device to search under the concrete slabs around a farmhouse in Kos where Ben Needham was last seen more than 21-years ago.

Specialist officers begin fourth day of search for Ben

Police on the Greek holiday island of Kos have been searching an area near a farmhouse where Ben Needham vanished 21 years ago.

Specialist officers are using metal detectors and other specialised equipment to search for things like toys the missing toddler could have been playing with when he disappeared.

Ben Needham's mum speaks of heartache as search continues

Kerry Needham has told ITV Calendar about the pain of being in the country and how she will not be attending the search of land near a farmhouse where Ben vanished 21 years ago.

Kerry Needham arrives in Kos as the search for Ben continues Credit: Calendar

She said: "I don't know what it is - just the place - it kills me inside. I couldn't go there last time so knowing what the police are doing up there now I don't think my emotions could take it, so no I'm not going."

Watch the full interview on ITV Calendar.

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