Search for missing Ben backed by Tom Cruise

Search: Kerry Grist with picture of missing son Ben Needham.

Search: Kerry Grist with picture of missing son Ben Needham.

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HOLLYWOOD superstar Tom Cruise has added his weight to a campaign to raise awareness about the disappearance Sheffield toddler Ben Needham.

The A-list celeb spotted a ‘tweet’ about Ben, who has been missing for more than 20 years and passed it on to his 2.4 million followers - spreading word around the world.

Spreading word: Tom Cruise. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire.

Spreading word: Tom Cruise. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire.

Fellow Hollywood actor Tom Arnold and Coronation Street’s Kym Marsh have also re-tweeted it - raising hopes for Ben’s mum Kerry Grist that she will one day discover the truth about what happened to her son.

He vanished on the Greek island of Kos in July 1991, where his grandparents were renovating a property and where Kerry hoped to start a new life with her son.

The 24-hour twitter marathon, tweet 4 Ben, was launched on Tuesday to keep Ben’s case in the public eye - and to publicise his family’s fight to find him - around the globe.

Kerry, 39, from Ecclesfield, said: “The social networking site is an amazing tool. If we’d had this 20 years ago, who knows what would have happened?

“The tweetathon has proved a massive success, it’s fabulous that people all around the world are now finding out about Ben.

“For so long we were just a small family from Sheffield doing our best to find him but feeling alone and ignored, but now with the amount of support and publicity our campaign is getting the authorities have had to sit up and take notice of us.

“I have never felt as positive about the search as I do at the moment. To get someone like Tom Cruise adding his support to it takes it to a different dimension.”

The Greek authorities officially reopened Ben’s case last year and officers from South Yorkshire police have travelled to Kos to liaise with their counterparts.

Kerry said: “I think about him every day. I have searched for Ben for more than 20 years and I will never give up.

“I’m convinced he is alive.”

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