Police investigating the disappearance of missing South Yorkshire toddler Ben Needham say latest inquiries have drawn a blank.
Over the last week, a team of officers from South Yorkshire Police have been in the northern part of mainland Greece.
They say they have been “thoroughly investigating claims made over the past 20 years” that a specific family may have been responsible for the disappearance of the youngster from the island of Kos in July 1991.
Last night officers said the investigation had not found any evidence to link the family to his disappearance, or that they have any knowledge of his current whereabouts.
The team said they also followed up a series of leads which came as a result of a direct TV appeal to people in Greece, and spoke to a number of those who came forward.
Although some of the enquiries are yet to be finalised, they said there was “nothing of significance at this time to identify how Ben disappeared or his current whereabouts”.
“The investigation is continuing to ensure that all further potential lines of enquiry are pursued and we are ensuring Ben’s family is kept updated,” said a police spokesman.
The youngster was just 21 months old when he disappeared during a holiday with his mother Kerry Needham and his grandparents on Kos.
Despite a succession of appeals over the years, there has been no trace of the youngster but efforts are being stepped up to try to discover what has happened to him and police were given an extra £700,000 to pursue new leads.
Mrs Needham and other members of her family took part in a three-hour edition of Greece’s missing person TV show Light At The End Of The Tunnel last month. Police said they had around seven “potentially interesting” lines of inquiry following the appeal.
Crimestoppers last month offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of Ben who would now be 25.