Ben Needham: Family breaks down after yellow toy car found by searchers video

Toddler Ben Needham "most likely" died in an accident near to where he disappeared in 1991 according to a statement by police.

It was a plain yellow toy car, commonplace in any child's home, found in the Greek dirt.

But for missing British toddler Ben Needham's family it was a find that finally provided some evidence as to what happened to him, The Sun report.

Ben's family had no answers for 25 years, his disappearance remained a mystery.

British 21-month-old Ben Needham disappeared on the Green island of Kos.
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British 21-month-old Ben Needham disappeared on the Green island of Kos.

His mother, Kerry Needham, was a teenager when he vanished on the Greek island of Kos in 1991. He was 21-months-old.

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Now 43, the emotion hit her just as hard after British police announced they believed Ben had been run over at a construction site on the island.

A police officer digs for clues during the continued search for missing toddler Ben Needham on the island of Kos, Greece.
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A police officer digs for clues during the continued search for missing toddler Ben Needham on the island of Kos, Greece.

Police came to this conclusion after discovering possessions they said once belonged to Ben.

One of those items, a little yellow toy car, was shown to Ben's family by police seeking definitive evidence about what happened that day.

When they saw it, his mother and grandmother broke town in tears, The Daily Mirror reported.

A toy car similar to this was found by police investigating the disappearance of Ben Needham.
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A toy car similar to this was found by police investigating the disappearance of Ben Needham.

His gran, Christine, told The Mirror that the small metal toy was one of two she remembered buying him while they stayed in Kos.

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"We didn't have much money so couldn't afford much. He had a pull-along bus thing he used to sit on and these two cars.

"We were building up his toy ­collection because Kerry had just moved to Kos and she only bought a few bits and pieces with her," Christine said.

Police have been searching near the farmhouse where Ben and his family were staying.
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Police have been searching near the farmhouse where Ben and his family were staying.

Detective Inspector Jon Cousins​ he showed Ben's family what was recovered by police.

"It was an item that Ben was in possession of at the time he disappeared. Kerry was able to confirm this. It was an emotional time for all of us."

His mum, Kerry, told The Mirror that "you do forget the toys your kids have until you see them again".

Despite repeated appeals and hundreds of possible sightings, police were unable to find firm evidence, until they found this toy.

Fresh information surfaced after another public appeal in May.

It suggested the child may have died after being hit by a heavy vehicle, leading police to focus their search on two specific locations.

There was activity in the area at the time of Ben's disappearance, with the use of heavy machinery and a large digger.

Police believed Ben was likely killed after being run over by a digger driven by ­­Konstantinos Barkas, who died last year.

 - Stuff

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