DNA testing confirms the boy’s body found in the river is not missing baby Ben Needham
Ben Needham’s mother, Kerry, had been anxiously awaiting news after being alerted to an appeal for information after German police found remains in the Danube.
Police revealed that the DNA sample taken from the boy’s body that was discovered in Germany did not match Ben Needham’s.
Ben’s mother had been anxiously awaiting news after being alerted to a call for information after German police found remains in the Danube. They found the remains last year but were convinced the boy was not German.
Now Kerry has been told that the DNA does not match Ben’s DNA which was sent for comparison. A statement said: “South Yorkshire Police, with the support of Interpol, have received confirmation that a DNA sample from a body found in the River Danube in Germany does not match Ben Needham’s sample.”
“Ben’s family has been informed and is being supported. Our thoughts remain with the little boy who has not yet been identified, and of course the Needham family who continue their search for answers.”
Kerr, who was a “nervous wreck” waiting for police to investigate the body, said she became physically ill after discovering the news. Interpol had issued a “black notice” after the remains of a five or six-year-old child were found a year ago.
They fear that the child may have been kidnapped from abroad after investigation. The remains were found wrapped in aluminum foil and weighed down with a stone slab tied to his torso. British officers now compared the DNA with Ben’s and found it did not match.
Kerry told The Mirror: “It’s such a relief. I was physically ill when I heard it. It was all this pent up anxiety. I was expecting it to happen in another couple of days. It was a huge shock but obviously a relief.” . I’ve been on edge every day with very intense anxiety, I’ve tried to distract myself but it’s always there in the back of your mind.
“What would I do if it was Ben? How would I deal with him?” Kerry says she was terrified when she learned that the boy had been found after being loaded with concrete in the river. “The way this little boy died makes it worse, it’s horrific. Someone actually did this to this little boy on purpose,” she said.
“The idea of it being my son was disgusting. It hurt me just thinking about it.” But Kerry says she also feels terrible for other parents who are still waiting for news. “There are some other parents out there who are still waiting, and the thought of that is horrific,” she said.
“They are clearly suffering as I have since the news broke. I hope they find his owner because not knowing what happened to your child is your worst nightmare.” But Kerry says she has been here “hundreds of times”, adding: “When the police number came, my stomach turned.
“From our point of view, this is good news because there is a possibility that it still exists.” She said she wanted to urge British police not to abandon her son and “please they should keep looking for Ben.”