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Old 09-05-2014, 02:27 PM   #56
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This is a report ITV Calendar did on Ben Needham's disappearance.. The dates are July 29 and 30 1991.. It took 5 DAYS for reports of his disappearance to reach the British Press...

The disappearance of Ben Needham (born 29 October 1989 in Sheffield) occurred on 24 July 1991 when the 21-month-old British child went missing on the Greek island of Kos.. Despite numerous reported sightings over the years, no trace of him has ever been found.. It is one of the longest missing persons cases in British history...

On the day of his disappearance Ben had been left in the care of his grandparents while his mother went to work at a local hotel. He was playing outside a farmhouse the family were renovating when, at approximately 2.30 in the afternoon, the adults realised he had disappeared...

In 2003, private investigator Ian Crosby made a visit to Kos with Ben's uncle Danny, and further visits to meet with Greece police. Crosby has also investigated a photograph, sent to him by a holidaymaker who visited Turkey in 1999, which depicts a number of Turkish village children, including a blond boy who resembles the age-progression photo of what Ben might look like aged 13.. Crosby said "I get many hundreds of reports every year from people on holiday who think they have seen Ben. It is impossible to investigate many of these claims. It is very sad to realise how little is actually done to find missing children like Ben and Madeleine McCann. Many British people who I have discussed Ben's case with are amazed when I tell them that no British police officer has ever travelled to Kos or Greece in connection with Ben's case. I even offered to pay for police officers to go, my offer was turned down. Sadly it remains therefore highly unlikely that the majority of children in these types of cases will ever be found."The Needham family believe that Ben was kidnapped with the intention of being sold for adoption or taken by child traffickers...
CRA is a partnership between the police, the press and the public. Its aim is to locate abducted children and bring them to safety by using the media to promptly publish details about an abducted child's disappearance..If the public have information that may help locate the child, they are asked to call 0300 2000 333...Only calls about a current CRA should be made to this number. The number is donated by Cable and Wireless and is available only when a CRA has been activated..The CRA system is compatible with other European Child Alert systems, so that concurrent alerts can be launched across EU country borders..The new nationally co-ordinated Child Rescue Alert was launched on International Missing Children's Day, May 25 2010..Kos or Cos (Κως) is a Greek island of the group of the Dodecanese, next to the Gulf of Gökova/Cos. The island measures 40 by 8 kilometres (25 by 5 miles), and is 4 km (2 miles) from the coast of Bodrum, Turkey, and the ancient region of Caria. The island forms a separate municipality within the Kos regional unit, which is part of the South Aegean region..In Homer's Iliad, a contingent from Kos fought for the Greeks in the Trojan War.. The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality is Kos town..The island has a population of 33,388...

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