Briton missing since toddler not in Cyprus: DNA tests

29th October 2013, Comments 0 comments

Cypriot police said Tuesday that DNA tests disprove claims that a British man believed kidnapped as a toddler on the Greek island of Kos in 1991 was sighted in Cyprus.

Police told reporters that "DNA tests proved negative", after the mystery man came forward voluntarily on Monday and allowed the authorities to take samples.

Interpol had sent the DNA samples from Ben Needham's parents to Cyprus, after local police contacted Scotland Yard.

The case was reignited after Greek authorities were handed a video of a man seen in Cyprus who resembled a computer-generated image of how Ben would look now, aged 23.

His family had been informed by Greek police about the video showing a young man with a group of Roma people at a religious celebration near the southern coastal town of Limassol.

The young man reportedly went to a Limassol police station on Monday and told officers he was from Romania and lived in Cyprus with his aunt and uncle.

The case of Ben resurfaced after that of Maria, the little blonde girl found in a Roma camp with Greek gypsies, in Farsala, central Greece.

Ben vanished on July 24, 1991, while his grandparents were looking after him on Kos.

Another light-haired Roma man suspected to be Ben was DNA-tested in Thessaloniki, northern Greece last week, also with negative results.

© 2013 AFP

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