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Ben Needham DNA test proves Bangor man is not missing English boy

Published 04/03/2016

Ben Needham
Ben Needham
Bangor man Ben Gleave who was mistaken for Ben Needham who went missing in 1991
A computer generated image of how Ben might look aged 18

A DNA test has proved that a Bangor man is not missing boy Ben Needham, who disappeared on a Greek island in 1991.

Police had asked for DNA samples from Ben Gleave (28) over 10 years ago while he was living in Canada when a neighbour told them that they believed he was actually the missing boy.

The DNA results from Mr Gleave are back and is a negative match for Ben. We wish Mr Gleave all the best for the future and thank him for coming forward. #helpfindben 󾬓

Posted by Help Find Ben Needham on Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Canadian police sent his DNA to a private investigator working for Ben Needham's grief-stricken parents, and not to South Yorkshire police who were investigating the boy's disappearance.

It's understood the private investigator lost the DNA samples and he was not given anymore information but after police emails were leaked to the media, Mr Gleave had to prove once more that he was not the missing child.

Last month he sent a new DNA sample to South Yorkshire Police to rule himself out of the case.

Today a post on the Help Find Ben Needham Facebook page said: “The DNA results from Mr Gleave are back and is a negative match for Ben. We wish Mr Gleave all the best for the future and thank him for coming forward.”

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last month, Mr Gleave said "This whole thing is making my life hell. It's a disaster. I want my name ruled out - I am not Ben Needham," he said.

"I have my birth certificate: I know who I am. The Canadian police told me that if no-one got in touch with me, I had nothing to worry about. And no-one got in touch with me for 10 years.

"I just don't know what I have to do to clear this up. I thought all this was behind me."

Ben, from Sheffield, vanished on July 24, 1991, after travelling to the island of Kos with his mother and his grandparents. The youngster would now be 25.

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