Police found signs of blood on a toy car and sandal belonging to an English toddler who went missing in Greece 26 years ago, potentially confirming that the boy died in an accident at his grandparents’ farm in Kos, the BBC reports.
Ben Needham, who was 21 months old when he vanished in 1991, may have been crushed by a digger working at his grandparents’ home during renovations, police theorized last year after a three-week search of the land around the home.
“Based on the facts and the information obtained, as previously stated it is still my professional belief that Ben died as a result of a tragic incident at the farmhouse involving heavy machinery,” said Detective Inspector Jon Cousins to the BBC.
But Ben’s mother, Kerry Needham, said that the discovery of the new evidence points to a “massive cover-up,” since the boy’s body was never found.
“It shows more of a conspiracy because they didn’t find Ben’s body,” she told the Daily Mirror. “That proves it to me without doubt they obviously moved him and buried him and, for whatever reason, dug him up. There’s no other explanation.”
The digger at the site was operated by a man named Konstantinos “Dino” Barkas, who reportedly died of stomach cancer in 2015.
“This confirms what the police have been saying all along,” Kerry Needham said. “My Ben was killed in an accident. But it also suggests that not only did they kill my boy and bury him where the toy car was found, they then moved him before police got to the site last October.”
“What kind of human being does that? It just infuriates me,” she added. “How can they do such a thing? He was definitely wearing those sandals that day. They were the only ones we could keep on his feet.”
Investigators now plan to test the sandal and car for Ben’s DNA.
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