Ben Needham (pictured) went missing from his grandparents’ farmhouse on Kos in 1991
The family of British missing toddler Ben Needham have been dealt another heartbreaking blow after they were told blood on a toy car believed to have belonged to the toddler did not match his DNA.
His mother Kerry Needham said her ‘torture’ continues following is disappearance on the Greek island of Kos 27 years ago, when he was just 21-months-old.
Speaking out after the devastating news, the 44-year-old said: ‘Our 27 years of slow torture goes on. It’s endless heartache and torment.’
In September, Ms Needham was told by forensic experts in Oxford they had found weak DNA profile from decomposed blood inside the car near to where Ben went missing.
She provided a DNA sample, only to be told there was no positive match.
Ms Needham said: ‘If that blood is not Ben’s – then who does it belong to? It’s devastating. We had built ourselves up thinking it would be a positive result and would prove Ben had died.
‘It would have given us closure and we would have been able to start the grieving process.
‘When it came back negative it was a shock. I don’t know what to think now. Is Ben dead or is he still alive?’
She added: ‘I’m angry and I can’t stop shaking my head.
‘Some people on Kos have been lying for 27 years and we’ve suffered years of torture, slow torture.’
Forensic scientists say chemical traces which indicate the presence of decomposing human blood have been found on a toy car and a sandal which they believe belonged to Ben
Mother Kerry Needham (pictured) believed the body was dug up and moved a second time before officers returned to search the site last year
The toy car was found in 2016 by an elderly witness who told British police and told them a digger driver called Konstantinos Barkasin was behind Ben’s death.
Police believe Ben was crushed to death by digger driver Konstantinos ‘Dino’ Barkasin in a tragic accident close to the farmhouse where he was last seen in 1991 and where the sandal was found in 2012.
Barkas died from stomach cancer but apparently confessed on his death bed.
The witness claimed Barkas had told him he thought he killed the toddler.
Barkas allegedly said: ‘I thought I heard a yelp but I thought it could have been a dog.’
The toy car thought to have belonged to Ben was found on a second dump site where the witness led them to.
Barkas’ family denied his involvement in Ben’ sdisappearance. It is thought the witness has now stopped helping police.
Police formally ended a search on the Greek island in October, saying they believe Ben died as a result of an accident involving a digger on July 24, 1991
Kerry, of Sheffield, said: ‘Now I want to know what the public prosecutor in Greece is going to do about it. I want them to get him back in and get to the bottom of it. Was he lying? Was it just a smoke screen?’
Detective Chief Insp Jon Cousins, said: ‘Despite this forensic examination and result, it is still my professional belief based on all the evidence that Ben died as a result of a tragic incident at the farmhouse in Kos involving heavy machinery.
‘We will continue to support Ben’s family and the Greek authorities, who retain primacy, should any further information come to light.’