A private investigator has sensationally dismissed theories missing Brit Ben Needham was killed, Daily Star Online can reveal.
Little Ben was just 22-months-old when he disappeared on the Greek island of Kos on July 24, 1991.
Police believe the tot was accidentally buried under rubble by a digger working in the field next to the house where he was last seen.
However, private investigator Ian Crosby is not convinced by the theory.
Mr Crosby – who has analysed the case since 2003 – has worked with the Needham family and travelled to Greece in 2003 with Ben’s uncle Danny.
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He told Daily Star Online: “There is absolutely no evidence that suggests that Ben Needham is dead.
“South Yorkshire Police have spent years trying to get something out of DNA that might possibly have been Ben’s.
“They ended up having a car that might have possibly belonged to Ben at the time, there’s no 100% certainty on that.
“They tried to extract blood or DNA off the car, that proved to be negative.”
Last year, blood taken from a toy car at the field next to the house where Ben was last seen was sent back to the UK for analysis – but the DNA did not provide a match.
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Another “significant” witness told police digger driver Konstantinos “Dino” Barkas, feared to have accidentally killed the tot, took rubble to a dump on the same day or soon after.
Mr Crosby added: “They’ve done an extensive dig over there at the farmhouse, they’ve come up with absolutely nothing.
“They’ve knocked down buildings, removed trees, and they’ve got no evidence.
“They have a theory Dino Barkas quite possibly accidentally killed Ben. But if that were the case, there’s a number of holes in that theory anyway.
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“There’s absolutely no evidence of Ben’s body or blood or anything like that that has been found there.”
Back in July,Ben’s mum Kerry posted an emotional appeal on Facebook in a bid for answers.
She wrote: “It’s now 28 years since Ben disappeared from our lives and we still have no closure.
“We are still in hope that one day someone will come forward and give us the information we so desperately need."
Kerry earlier theorised that Ben’s body was put in an oil drum after being picked up by a digger.
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