South Yorkshire Police have released a statement as search teams have travelled to the Greek Island to Kos to take part in the search for missing Ben Needham from Sheffield.
South Yorkshire Police is leading a team of specialist search advisers who have travelled to the Greek Island of Kos to support the Greek authorities as they search for missing Sheffield toddler Ben Needham.
Greek police are pursuing a line of enquiry centred on the grounds of the property from which Ben disappeared in 1991 aged 21 months.
Beginning tomorrow work will begin to examine the ground, including using geophysical ground examination equipment, to determine whether any area should be dug.
Other specialist resources include a forensic archaeologist and search dogs.
The operation, expected to last a week to ten days, follows a Greek police request for specialist support to follow through a line of enquiry they have developed.
During the past 18 months, South Yorkshire Police has also reviewed all material held by the Greek police in relation to Ben's disappearance in order to support the Greek enquiry. SYP has also obtained Ben's DNA from Sheffield Children's Hospital.
SYP has for a number of years supported Ben's mum Kerry and other members of the family.
Cadaver dogs, specially trained to pick up the scent of human remains, are being used on farmland where Ben Needham was last seen.
Kerry Needham has spoken exclusively to Calendar as police step up their search to find her son Ben, on the Greek holiday island of Kos.
Police from the UK are using metal detectors in Greece to search the farmland where missing toddler Ben Needham was last seen alive.