British police are in talks with police on the Greek Island of Kos over the possibility of excavating land in the search for Ben Needham, the British toddler who disappeared 21 years ago on the island.
According to Press Gazette Greek police considering the idea that the toddler may have been accidentally buried in rubble near to the house he disappeared from. Earlier this year the Mirror tracked down Konstantinos Barkas who confirmed he was excavating earth in the area where the child disappeared.
Barkas said "Loads of earth were being taken to clear the ground for the new house down the road. Cutting that much ground from the hill was a big job. I think people were misled in thinking the child was abducted. Could there have been an accident? I don’t think so but no one really knows what happened. The little boy was two years old and the thorns in that field were as high as my waist."
Ben Needham disappeared on July 24, 1991 when he was aged 21 months, whilst staying at his grandparents' villa on Kos. His mother, Kerry Needham, believes the boy is alive and was abducted. She discounts the possible theory that Ben has been buried all these years, saying "I find it very unlikely to believe that Ben is there unless he buried himself."
If the excavation goes ahead Greek police will require the sophisticated equipment available to British police.