Ben Needham’s mum vows to continue search

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THE mother of Sheffield-born Ben Needham, who was a toddler when he vanished on the Greek island of Kos 21 yeas ago, has vowed to continue looking for her son after a police search for his remains failed to unearth anything.

Kerry Grist aged 40, spoke of her hopes to be eventually reunited with Ben after the South Yorkshire Police search team returned to Britain after digging up a field next to where Ben was playing when he disappeared in 1991 when he was 21 months old.

Mrs Grist, who is convinced her son is still alive, travelled to Kos while the search team looked for her son’s remains to rule out the theory that he may have been accidently buried in the field next door, where a builder has been moving rubble and earth on the day Ben vanished.

His mum said: “In all honesty, I didn’t believe that Ben was buried there anyway. I had been supported and advised by South Yorkshire Police that this line of inquiry needed to be done as part of an elimination process. It’s just something that needed to be done, I didn’t believe he was there for one minute.

“We can now concentrate on opening another campaign, a worldwide search again.

“I have always believed he is out there somewhere. It’s difficult because the world is a very big place but with the help of the media and the internet, it’s just a case of keep getting that message out now to someone, to him himself.”

Mrs Grist believes her son was abducted to be sold through legal adoption and described the search for him as ‘tiring and heart-breaking’.

“Living like this every day of my life, keeping up the search, if I thought for one minute that Ben wasn’t alive I would give up, wouldn’t I? Something drives me on every day to keep looking,” she added.

Ben vanished after travelling to Kos with his mother and grandparents, Eddie and Christine, who were renovating a farmhouse in the village of Iraklise.