Boy found in German river is NOT missing Ben Needham, DNA tests reveal
- The two-year-old’s family have been informed of the development, police said
The little boy found in a German river is not missing British toddler Ben Needham, DNA tests have revealed.
British police last week confirmed they were looking into reports of a body found in the River Danube, more than 30 years after Ben went missing on the Greek island of Kos.
Ben’s family has now been told that the DNA of the child found last year in Germany does not match his, which had been sent for testing.
The development is bound to be devastating for Ben’s mother Kerry, who has been searching for her son since he vanished while playing at his grandparents’ farmhouse in July 1991.
Ben Needham went missing more than 30 years ago on the Greek island of Kos
In a statement, police said: ‘South Yorkshire Police, supported by Europol, has received confirmation that a DNA sample of the body found in the River Danube in Germany does not match that of Ben Needham.
‘Ben’s family has been informed and are being supported. Our thoughts remain with the young boy who is yet to be identified and, of course, the Needham family who continue in their search for answers.’
Ben’s heartbroken mother Kerry has been searching for her son, who was just 21 months old, ever since he vanished while playing at his grandparents’ farmhouse in July 1991
Interpol released a reconstruction of the boy found in the River Danube near Grossmehring in Bavaria on May 19, 2022
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