“It is shameful that Mari Luz’s father has brought himself to complain,” was the reaction of Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman for the McCann couple, in response to the request from Juan Jose Cortés that the posters with the photo of his daughter beside Madeleine should not be distributed.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Police release 'picture' of missing toddler Ben Needham as an 18-year-old

Last updated at 22:49 10 October 2007

It is more than 16 years since Ben Needham vanished from a Greek holiday island in a case as baffling as that of Madeleine McCann.

Yesterday police made a fresh attempt to solve the mystery by releasing a photofit of how he may look as his 18th birthday approaches later this month.
Ben was 21 months old when he disappeared near his grandparents' farmhouse in Kos in 1991.
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Police have created this new impression of Ben as they believe he would look now
Using computer technology, the Metropolitan Police has created the new image of Ben using pictures of his relatives when they were 18. A similar photofit was issued when he was 13.

His mother Kerry Grist, 35, said: "It was heart wrenching when I saw the picture. He will be a young man."

Mrs Grist, who has remarried and has a 12-year-old daughter Leighanna, said: "All I want is to see Ben again so that he knows the truth. I want him to know that I am his mother and he wasn't abandoned or anything like that."

Mrs Grist, an office worker from Sheffield, said the authorities had quickly lost interest in her case.

"Madeleine's parents are middle class people with important jobs and seemed to have had a publicity machine behind them straight away," she added.
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 Ben Needham Ben was 21 months old when he was last seen on the island of Kos on July 24, 1991
Kerry  34, was working as a waitress when Ben went missing and has always believed he was snatched and is alive.

His grandparents, Christine and Eddie Needham, described at the time how they just could not find him.

The disappearance sparked an international hunt and although the Greek police logged up to 200 possible sightings, he has never been found.

Rewards have been offered, DNA tests have been taken and artists have been regularly employed to reconstruct what Ben would look like at various stages as the years went by.

Four years ago a private investigator restarted the search on behalf of the Needham family.

There have been a number of theories put forward to explain what happened to Ben.

In the months and years after he disappeared, the most common was that he had been snatched by gypsies.

Other possibilities were that Ben was taken for adoption by a non-Greek family, perhaps in Scandinavia, Australia or the United States.