The latest search for the missing 21-month-old toddler, Ben Needham, who disappeared in 1991 while his family was visiting the Greek island of Kos on a vacation from the UK has turned up some possible new evidence.
The renewed direction of the search for Ben started last Monday following new tips that suggest that the little boy might have been accidentally crushed by a bulldozer and then buried in what is today an expansive olive grove, investigators reported finding a piece of fabric that is of “slight interest” earlier this week.
Along with the fabric, police uncovered several ancient graves during a dig in what is believed may have been a 1,500-year-old ancient burial ground. The police are continuing investigations into the decomposition despite the important discovery of cultural significance. Forensic scientists were reportedly not in a position to ascertain whether the decomposition is human. Soil samples were still being examined at a laboratory in the UK.
Following the discovery of the fabric that has yet to be determined if it is indeed from the toddler, on Thursday police announced that they have found “decomposed material” and are focusing on a fig tree that was planted after Ben went missing.
The soil is being tested in what Detective Inspector Jon Cousins says is “groundbreaking” scientific measures that can determine specifically what type of remains have been discovered.
“There were signs of some decomposition,” Cousins told reporters on Thursday.
“One area of decomposition has not been ruled out yet and that is what we are working on,” he added.