POLICE have vowed to continue supporting the family of Sheffield toddler Ben Needham, who vanished on Kos 21 years ago, after a new search on the Greek holiday isle failed to solve the mystery of his disappearance.
Ben was 21 months old when he went missing from outside the farmhouse his grandparents were renovating in 1991.
One of the theories police wanted to explore was the possibility he may have been accidentally buried by a digger moving earth and rubble in the field next to where the toddler was last seen.
A team of 20 specialist police officers travelled to Kos to excavate the field, but failed to find anything to suggest that Ben had died.
Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick, who oversaw the search said: “We did a 20 year review of the case and established that a search of the land needed to be carried out.
“Ben’s mother, Kerry, is of the opinion that Ben is still alive and I would much rather be reuniting her with her son in the future than in the circumstances we were exploring last week.
“There are a number of hypotheses of what could have happened to Ben and our role is to support Kerry and the Needham family. The case has never been closed and won’t for as long as Ben is missing.”
Kerry said: “We can now concentrate on opening another campaign, a worldwide search again.
“I have always believed he is out there somewhere. It’s difficult because the world is a very big place, but with the help of the media and the internet it’s just a case of keep getting that message out.”