Police are investigating the case of Ben Needham, the British toddler who vanished on the Greek island of Kos in 1991, after being handed a video of a man seen in Cyprus that resembles a computer generated image of how he would look now, aged 23.
Ben’s family have been informed by Greek police about the video that shows a young man with a group of Roma people at a religious celebration near Limassol.
Interpol Greece has asked the Cypriot authorities to start investigating the case to locate Ben.
Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said that Cyprus police are investigating the case and all relevant departments have been mobilised.
He said that the search will start in Limassol and might expand to other areas, and if necessary more clarifications regarding the case will be asked from Interpol.
“What is important is that any tip-offs are investigated as soon as possible so that we can have results,” said Angelides.
The picture emerged when an anonymous source submitted evidence, including a video, to Panayiotis Avrithis, the president of the Lawyers Association in Kos.
He then handed it to Alexandra Moussoura, the District Attorney of Kos.
According to Avrithis, he bears a great resemblance to the image Scotland Yard released of how Ben might look now.
The person who filmed the video was prompted to hand it in to police last week after the case of Maria, the blonde girl found in a Roma camp, with Greek gypsies, in Farsala, central Greece, invited comparisons with that of missing Ben, who disappeared on a family holiday on Kos when he was 21 months old.
Ben’s mum, Kerry told UK daily the Mirror: “I’ve seen the picture and believe he bears a resemblance to how Ben might now look.”
“As a family we’re greatly lifted by this and we will be in close contact with the Greek authorities to make sure we are kept fully aware of any progress.
“We’ve never given up hope of finding Ben and we are encouraged that the police in Greece are continuing to investigate.”
Leighana Needham, the younger sister of Ben, told The Daily Telegraph: "We have been told about the video of someone who could be Ben in Cyprus and Greek police say they are looking into it."
"We have to let them to do their job and not get our hopes up until we know more. Obviously there have been a lot of supposed sightings over the years and we have learnt that when we don't get the answer we hope for we are left heartbroken."
She added that she and her mother will travel to Cyprus if evidence is found to be reliable.
If found, Greek detectives will also DNA test the young man living with a Roma family in Cyprus.
He has light brown hair and blue eyes and moved to Cyprus with a Roma family a few years ago to avoid mandatory military service in Greece, according to newspaper the Greek Reporter.
Ben vanished on July 24, 1991, while his grandparents Eddie and Christine Needham were looking after him on Kos.
He was playing outside the family farmhouse that was under renovations when, at approximately two thirty in the afternoon, the adults realised he had disappeared.