Ben Needham Officers Search Second Site ‘Where Digger May Have Deposited Earth’

The digger driver may have accidentally killed Ben and later buried him

06/10/2016 10:37 | Updated 06 October 2016

The hunt for clues in the disappearance of Ben Needham has been extended to a second site on the Greek island of Kos.

The area is around ten minutes walk from the initial site, which will continue to be searched following the partial demolition of a farmhouse on the plot of land.

Excavations began after new evidence was found that Ben, from Sheffield, may have been killed and buried there, yards from where the 21-month-old vanished in 1991 while his grandfather was renovating the property.

Ben Needham went missing in 1991

Konstantinos Barkas, also known as Dino, was clearing land with an excavator close to where the youngster was playing on the day he vanished and may be responsible for his death, a friend of the builder reportedly told police following a TV appeal in May.

The driver reportedly died of stomach cancer last year.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police told Huffington Post UK: “The second site is a location where Dino may have deposited some material shortly after the disappearance of Ben.”

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South Yorkshire Police sift through soil removed from underneath the last room of the farmhouse

The second site is a small area of wasteland containing several mounds of rubble. Some of the material was placed there by a cinema in 2012.

The development comes a day after Ben’s grandfather Eddie visited the site on behalf of the Needham family. 

The 68-year-old was working on the farmhouse when the toddler went missing but is doubtful the police will find any sign of the missing boy.

He told the Mirror: “If there is anything to find, they’d have found it by now.”  

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