“It is shameful that Mari Luz’s father has brought himself to complain,” was the reaction of Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman for the McCann couple, in response to the request from Juan Jose Cortés that the posters with the photo of his daughter beside Madeleine should not be distributed.

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Police release 'picture' of missing toddler Ben Needham as an 18-year-old

Last updated at 22:49 10 October 2007

It is more than 16 years since Ben Needham vanished from a Greek holiday island in a case as baffling as that of Madeleine McCann.

Yesterday police made a fresh attempt to solve the mystery by releasing a photofit of how he may look as his 18th birthday approaches later this month.
Ben was 21 months old when he disappeared near his grandparents' farmhouse in Kos in 1991.
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Police have created this new impression of Ben as they believe he would look now
Using computer technology, the Metropolitan Police has created the new image of Ben using pictures of his relatives when they were 18. A similar photofit was issued when he was 13.

His mother Kerry Grist, 35, said: "It was heart wrenching when I saw the picture. He will be a young man."

Mrs Grist, who has remarried and has a 12-year-old daughter Leighanna, said: "All I want is to see Ben again so that he knows the truth. I want him to know that I am his mother and he wasn't abandoned or anything like that."

Mrs Grist, an office worker from Sheffield, said the authorities had quickly lost interest in her case.

"Madeleine's parents are middle class people with important jobs and seemed to have had a publicity machine behind them straight away," she added.
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 Ben Needham Ben was 21 months old when he was last seen on the island of Kos on July 24, 1991
Kerry  34, was working as a waitress when Ben went missing and has always believed he was snatched and is alive.

His grandparents, Christine and Eddie Needham, described at the time how they just could not find him.

The disappearance sparked an international hunt and although the Greek police logged up to 200 possible sightings, he has never been found.

Rewards have been offered, DNA tests have been taken and artists have been regularly employed to reconstruct what Ben would look like at various stages as the years went by.

Four years ago a private investigator restarted the search on behalf of the Needham family.

There have been a number of theories put forward to explain what happened to Ben.

In the months and years after he disappeared, the most common was that he had been snatched by gypsies.

Other possibilities were that Ben was taken for adoption by a non-Greek family, perhaps in Scandinavia, Australia or the United States.


Missing Madeleine brings back memories of Ben

Last updated at 15:19 08 May 2007

The mother of a toddler who disappeared in Greece almost 16 years ago spoke today of how the Madeleine McCann case had revived memories of her own trauma.

Kerry Grist, whose son Ben Needham was 21 months old when he vanished from the island of Kos in 1991 and has never been found, said the girl's mother would "feel like her heart has been ripped out".
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Kerry Grist Kerry Grist's son Ben Needham was 21 months old when he vanished from the island of Kos, Greece in 1991
She urged Madeleine's mother Kate - who made a powerful direct appeal yesterday to anyone holding the youngster to let her go - to "stay strong" through the ordeal.

And she admitted it was hard to put trust in a foreign police force that "doesn't understand our ways" - though she added that the Portuguese force appeared better than the Greek.

 Ben Needham Toddler Ben Needham vanished 16 years ago.
Mrs Grist was working as a waitress at the time Ben went missing from a farmhouse her parents and brother were renovating, sparking an international hunt.

Although the Greek police logged up to 200 possible sightings of Ben - who she believes is still alive after being snatched "to order" for a childless couple - he has never been found.

Speaking about yesterday's appeal, she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It was like a mirror image: the look on her face, the fear, the worry, everything.

"It was like seeing myself 15 years ago.

"She is going to have a lot of different emotions: she is going to be very frightened of not knowing what's happened to Madeleine, very confused. She will just feel like her heart has been ripped out."

Asked what message she had for Mrs McCann, she said:

"The only things I can try to advise her on are to stay strong, stay in control of everything - the police investigation, the media side of things... get as much support from family and friends as she possibly can and just keep going."

She went on: "There are language barriers. Obviously the Portuguese police and the Greek police won't be as well trained as our police.

"It is very, very difficult to put all your trust and faith into somebody that's foreign, doesn't understand our culture, doesn't understand our ways.

"But from what I've seen from the television, they seem to be doing a lot better job than they did in Ben's case."

She said that it "didn't enter our heads at all" initially that Ben might have been abducted.

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Madeleine McCann Madeleine, pictured shortly before her kidnap
"You live every day just thinking someone is going to walk back through the door with him.

"There is no evidence at all in the past nearly 16 years to say Ben is dead. No traces were found, no clues were found to insinuate that.

"And in my heart I feel that if I thought for one minute that Ben was no longer alive I would have given up by now and I can't - there's something that drives me on to keep looking, keep looking and keep fighting for him."

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Kerry Needham another McCann victim:Missing child sparks memories of missing Ben Needham

Last updated at 17:13 04 May 2007

The disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann has echoes of the tragic case of Ben Needham, who went missing in Greece in 1991.
Ben was just 21 months old when he disappeared on the island of Kos where he was staying with his family.

Despite a long running campaign by mother, he has never been found.

MISSING PEOPLE: The latest victim to add to the list of haggard Kate McCanns PR Stunts.