The mother of Ben Needham, the British toddler who went missing on Kos 25 years ago, has been told he may have been killed.British investigators on the Greek holiday island believe Ben may have been crushed to death by a digger, Kerry Needham said.
A friend of digger driver Konstantinos Barkas – known as Dino – came forward following an appeal on Greek TV and said he believed the workman was responsible for the 21-month-old boy’s death, the Daily Mirror reported. The death is said to have been accidental.
Mr Barkas reportedly died from stomach cancer in 2015, just months before South Yorkshire Police renewed the investigation on Kos. He apparently had not told detectives he had been working on two sites, which are due to be searched. Ms Needham had been hoping she would be reunited with her son, but said her worst fears appeared to have been confirmed following a visit by police officers.
She told the newspaper: “What they had to tell me was the last thing they would have ever wanted to. They think my Ben could be dead and buried. They are no longer looking for a missing person. How do I cope with that? My mother’s instinct has always told me he was alive. What if I’ve been wrong all this time?”