DNA Tests Reveal Cyprus Man Is Not Missing Ben Needham

14/08/2014 16:55 | Updated 22 May 2015

Ben Needham missing

Ben Needham's mum Kerry's hopes of finding her missing son have been dashed yet again after a DNA test carried out on a man in Cyprus has proved he is not her son.

Ben, from Sheffield, vanished when he was 21 months old while on holiday on the Greek island of Kos in 1991.

The man had spoken to officers after footage of him looking similar to how Ben might appear now was released. A tweet from @FindBenNeedham, the account of the family's campaign, said it was 'disappointing but they remain strong and resolute in search'.

Ben's mother Kerry has always maintained her son is alive and was probably abducted.

"We are trying our best to keep strong and be there for each other and just keep waiting, however long it takes," Kerry added.

She said last week that the discovery of a blonde girl called Maria at a Greek Roma camp had given her family 'fresh hope and maximum publicity'.

Ben's family had spent his 24th birthday waiting for results of the DNA test.

Eddie Needham, Ben's grandfather, said despite the dashed hopes more publicity was a good thing. "It's been in the Greek media solidly for 10 days so it can only be good," he added.


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