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Case File: Ben Needham - 315DMGRC

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Needham, circa 1991; Right: Age-Progression age 18

Ben Needham

  • Case Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Missing Since: July 24, 1991
  • Location Last Seen: Island of Kos, Greece
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

  • Date of Birth: October 29, 1989
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 21 months old
  • Race: Caucasian
  • Gender: Male
  • Height at Time of Disappearance: Unknown
  • Weight at Time of Disappearance: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Alias(s) / Nickname(s): Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Needham has a strawberry type birth mark in the nape of his neck.
  • Dentals: Not available
  • Fingerprints: Not available
  • DNA: Not available
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Unknown
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Circumstances of Disappearance

    In 1991, Needham together with his mother and grandparents moved from England to live on the Island of Kos, Greece. On 24 July 1991, Needham disappeared from outside a farm house in the village of Iraklise, which was being renovated by his grandparents. Needham was playing outside while his grandparents were having lunch. The exact time of Needham's disappearance is not known, but around 14.30 he was gone. An search of the immediate are turned up no leads.

    In the past, the Greek Police have made some inquiries and they believe that Ben has been abducted. The fist sighting of a boy who looked like Needham was made by a member of a shops staff. The staff member said Needham was with another boy older than he at a shop counter. It was in the evening of the day Ben went missing. Subsequently, there have been over 300 reported sighting of a boy matching Needham's' description on the Greek islands and the mainland particularly during 1991 and 1992.

    Investigating Agency(s)
    If you have any information about this case please contact;

  • Agency Name: South Yorkshire Police - Sheffield Police Headquarters
  • Agency Contact Person: Detective Sergeant Malcolm Silk
  • Agency Phone Number: +44 (0)114 2523341

  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Ben Needham
  • Missing People

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