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Ben Needham’s mum given new hope her lacking boy is alive after man with ‘blue eyes and freckles talking Greek’ noticed

Ben Needham’s mum given new hope her missing boy is alive after man with ‘blue eyes and freckles speaking Greek’ spotted


THE mum of lacking toddler Ben Needham has as we speak been given contemporary hope by a girl who claims to have seen him in 2015. 

Donna Reilly is satisfied she noticed Ben, who would now be in his 20s, whereas she was consuming alone at a tavern in Skiathos, Greece. 

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Ben Needham was simply 21-months-old when he vanished whereas staying on the Greek island of Kos in 1991[/caption]

The Brit described the person as blonde with “freckles and blue eyes” and she or he stated he spoke fluent Greek. 

She says she is aware of “in her intestine” that it was the lacking toddler. 

Ben vanished aged 21 months whereas staying on the close by island of Kos in July 1991. He has by no means been discovered. 

The tragic tot’s mum, Kerry Needham, has now contacted Donna after she wrote concerning the sighting on the Assist Discover Ben Needham Fb group. 

Donna had posted: “I used to be on vacation by myself in Skiathos, Greece. Tiny, tiny island with little inhabitants. So would have been even much less again then. 

“I used to be consuming out by myself at one of many taverns within the day and there are two males sitting subsequent to me. 

“They each spoke fluent Greek and the one I took discover of very a lot, about 5ft 10, blonder hair, freckles and blue eyes. 

“I do know you may get Greeks with that look however one thing simply stood out and I couldn’t work out what it was.”

She added: “He seems very very similar to my oldest son who’s now 30 however again then would have been 25/26 but it surely was one thing else. 

“I couldn’t cease observing him. He checked out me and smiled.

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Heartbroken mum Kerry has by no means given up on the lookout for her little boy[/caption]

Police launched a picture of what Ben would appear to be as an grownup in 2013
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A search is carried out for the little boy[/caption]

“I knew immediately it was him who I had seen. I simply knew in my coronary heart. My intestine. 

“I truthfully really feel he’s dwelling on Skiathos or that or Skopelos or Alonissis. I felt he was native and never on vacation. I attempted however nothing got here of it. It’s upsetting.”

Donna wrote the publish in February this yr, however Ben’s determined mom Kerry has solely simply been alerted to it. 

She has now advised Donna to contact her immediately, together with South Yorkshire Police, who’re nonetheless investigating Ben’s disappearance. 

Donna claims she contacted the police after her sighting however claimed: “Nothing got here of it”.

Police launched a picture in 2013 of what they consider Ben would appear to be as an grownup.

The artist impression confirmed a person with sandy blonde hair and blue eyes.

In 2019, Ben’s mum, Kerry Needham, referred to as on anybody with data of her lacking son to return ahead, saying it’s “by no means too late to do the proper factor”.

What occurred to Ben Needham?

  • July 24 1991: Ben Needham vanishes whereas taking part in close to the grounds of a farmhouse within the Iraklis area of Kos, which his household are renovating. His mom, Kerry Needham, and grandparents elevate the alarm with native police and conduct a full search of the realm.
  • July 26 1991: Eyewitness studies declare a boy matching Ben’s description was discovered on the native airport on the day he disappeared. That boy has by no means been traced.
  • September 1991: The Needham household return to England as a result of sickness however vow to proceed the search.
  • June 2003: The Metropolitan Police difficulty a picture of what Ben would possibly appear to be at age 12-14 years previous.
  • 2004: An nameless businessman provides a reward of £500,000 for info resulting in Ben’s secure return.
  • October 2010: One other public enchantment is made by Ben’s mom within the run-up to what can be his 21st birthday.
  • Might 2011: The BBC airs a programme referred to as Lacking 2011, which features a piece on Ben’s story and the marketing campaign to seek out him.
  • September 2011: Greek police on Kos formally re-open the case and grant the household a face-to-face assembly with the island’s prosecutor.
  • October 2012: South Yorkshire Police in Kos start digging up mounds across the property the place Ben went lacking to search for his stays.
  • December 2013: Ben’s mom accuses then-Prime Minister David Cameron of not giving her case the identical backing as he gave the mother and father of Madeline McCann. It comes as a file is produced containing studies from eight witnesses, none of who know one another, who all noticed a boy presumably matching Ben’s description with the identical Greek household.
  • December 2014: Legal professionals representing Ben’s household say they could take authorized motion to attempt to power the Authorities to decide about funding a brand new police investigation.
  • January 2015: The House Workplace agrees to fund a crew of British detectives to assist seek for the toddler.
  • March/April 2015: Three generations of Ben Needham’s household journey to Greece to observe up a “sturdy” lead {that a} man dwelling there believes he would be the lacking Brit as a result of having no pictures of himself below the age of two and no data of the place he was born. The person is later dominated out.
  • Might 2015: Ben’s household make a contemporary enchantment on Greek tv for info relating to the disappearance.
  • Might 2016: The Solar reveals how members of the police operation went on an eight-hour booze-up in Kos throughout the newest stage of the investigation.
  • September 2016: Ben’s household are advised to “put together for the worst” by detectives main the investigation, amid the idea the 21-month-old was crushed to loss of life by a digger – the motive force of which died in 2015. It comes as police arrive in Kos to start excavation work within the perception the boy’s stays could also be buried close to the farmhouse.
  • October 15, 2016:  On the penultimate day of a 3 week search at two places – Website 1, close to the farmhouse, and Website 2, a landfill web site – an merchandise which is believed to have belonged to Ben is found.
  • October 16, 2016: After digging up greater than 800 tonnes of soil, the excavation work involves an finish with any gadgets of curiosity despatched again to the UK for forensic evaluation.
  • October 17, 2016: South Yorkshire Police DI Jon Cousins pronounces the invention of an merchandise that backs up their concept Ben died following an accident close to the farmhouse on the day he disappeared.
  • July 24, 2017: It emerges blood was discovered on a sandal and toy automotive belonging to Ben. The sandal was present in 2012 on the web site the place Konstantinos “Dino” Barkas was working a digger, whereas the automotive was found in 2016 at one other spot. Ben’s mum makes one other heartbreaking enchantment for info.
  • November 28, 2018: Forensic consultants say the toy automotive discovered within the Kos dig doesn’t belong to Ben.
  • July 25, 2019: Ben’s mum, Kerry Needham, calls on the particular person with a “secret” about her lacking toddler to return ahead, saying it was “by no means too late to do the proper factor”.


At first, the household had assumed Ben had wandered off when he disappeared on July 24, 1991, however might discover no signal of him.

Finally the search was widened, however to no avail. To at the present time nobody is aware of if Ben is alive or lifeless.

Cops consider he was by chance hit by a digger pushed by Konstantinos Barkas however there was no signal of his physique.

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Nobody is aware of if little Ben is lifeless or alive[/caption]