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Search resumes for toddler

Search resumes for missing Kos toddler.

Police on the holiday island of Kos have started a new search for the remains of British toddler Ben Needham who went missing on the island more than 20 years ago. Specialist police officers from the UK are in Kos to excavate a mound of rubble close to the home where Ben's mother, Kerry, and his grandparents lived when he went missing.

They are supporting Greek police are following a new line of inquiry into the disappearance of Ben who vanished from the spot in July 1991, aged nearly two.

The search operation which includes a forensic archaeologist and specialist search dogs is expected to last a week to 10 days.

Ben's disappearance made headlines for a number of years, similar to the case of Madeleine McCann, who vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007.

Blond, blue-eyed Ben vanished on July 24, 1991 while his grandparents Eddie and Christine Needham were looking after him along with his mother Kerry's younger brothers Stephen and Daniel. Kerry, then 19, was working at a hotel on Kos as a waitress.

Ben's disappearance is one of the longest-running missing persons cases in British history. The official website for the 'Help Find Ben' campaign has posted artist impressions of how Ben might look now, 20 years after his disappearance on Kos island.

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  • Archimedes

    British police have ended their search for Ben Needham. Police were called in to search a large grassy mound near the farmhouse where the 21-month-old Sheffield boy disappeared.

    The operation, using sophisticated radar equipment found no trace of Ben, only parts of toys that Ben may have been playing with before he vanished.

    Olive and lemon groves surrounding the farmhouse have also been examined. Despite a number of possible sightings and a raft of theories about his disappearance, no trace of the youngster has been found.

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