Anorak | Ben Needham: Guthrie test DNA overrides civil liberties

Ben Needham: Guthrie test DNA overrides civil liberties

by | 18th, December 2011

BEN Needham was 21 months old when he disappeared in July 1991 on the island of Kos. He was with his mother Kerry (now known as Ms Grist-Needham) and her boyfriend, Simon Ward, on holiday from Sheffield. They were visiting relatives. He’s never been found.

The Times sums up the news of what happened to him:

Among the theories circulating in the media at the time was the possibility that Ben Needham had been taken by Balkan Gypsies to be “sold” to a childless couple.

Gypsies. Always the gypsies . It’s the media’s way of saying no-one know.

But one thing may help Ben Needham be traced: his DNA. When Ben was born, the Guthrie test saw it that a dab of blood was taken. The routine test was for cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disorder. DNA taken from the blood sample has been released to South Yorkshire

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