A young man living with a Roma family in Cyprus is not missing British boy Ben Needham, DNA tests showed yesterday.
A man at the centre of the mystery voluntary went to Limassol police station to give a DNA sample to see if they match with the missing British boy.
Those tests proved negative yesterday, police said.
Interpol sent the DNA samples of Ben’s parents to Limassol, after local police contacted Scotland Yard.
The case of Ben Needham, the British toddler who vanished on the Greek island of Kos in 1991, aged one and a half was investigated by police after being handed a video of a man seen in Cyprus that resembles a computer generated image of how he would look now, aged 24.
The video shows a young man with a group of Roma people at a religious celebration near Limassol, at Ayia Triada church.
Police interviewed and carried out DNA test on the mystery man to amke sure.
The young man told police that he is 22 years old and originally from Romania but lives with his aunt and uncle near the church where the video was filmed. He has been living in Cyprus since February, and his birth parents are Romanian.
Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said that the DNA was given to the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics to test.
He also said that there is significant interest from abroad about the case.
The video was initially handed to Greek authorities by Panagiotis Avrithis, chairman of the Lawyers' Association of Kos, who has been following the case.
He has long suspected that Ben could have been living with Roma on Kos, and he knew that the Roma communities had links with Cyprus