http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/715927/Ben-Needham-police-search-missing-toddler-Kos-Roman-burial-sitePolice searching for Ben Needham find FIVE bodies...but they're NOT the missing toddler'sBRITISH police searching for missing toddler Ben Needham have found five bodies after stumbling on a 1,500-year-old burial site near the Greek farmhouse where he vanished.
By NICK GUTTERIDGE
PUBLISHED: Thu, Sep 29, 2016
Police searching the ground around the farmhouse on the Greek island of Kos.
Police were tipped off that a digger driver may have run over tiny Ben
Investigators announced the historical find as they confirmed there is still no sign of the youngster, who disappeared on the island of Kos 25 years ago.
Detectives had initially been hopeful about the site of the dig, announcing they had found an area of “decomposition” which could be Ben’s body.
But instead the patch of ground next to a cesspit contained a series of “undisturbed” tombs, containing up to five adults who lived during the final years of the Roman Empire.
Detective Inspector Jon Cousins said: “It is a historical burial ground and it is not connected in any way to this investigation.”
Detectives are scouring the Kos farmhouse where the youngster vanished 25 years ago.
Police searching for missing Ben Needham have found an ancient burial site.
However, he added that police were keeping an “open mind” about whether some more recently decomposed matter found alongside the tombs could be related to Ben’s disappearance, saying they were trying to “rule in or rule out” its relevance to the case.
Officers from South Yorkshire Police are digging around the farmhouse where tiny Ben went missing after receiving a tip-off that he could have been crushed by a digger from a neighbouring building site.
Earlier today DI Cousins revealed that the remains of a dog and a bat have been discovered along with other unidentified matter at the Kos site.
He added that scientists are now carrying out “groundbreaking” tests on the soil samples, originally taken in April 2015, which were found near the underground cesspit.
Ben vanished during a family holiday on the Greek island.
The remote farmhouse has been deserted ever since.
The detective told reporters: “There were signs of some decomposition,' DI Cousins told reporters on day four of the renewed search.
“One area of decomposition has not been ruled out yet and that is what we are working on.
“There are nutrients in the soil that are consistent with the decomposition of something. The scientists have been unable to determine what it is.
“It is groundbreaking work, we are able to narrow down the decomposed matter to specific animals.
“One of the samples have been revealed to be canine remains and another is a specific species of bat.”
The cesspit, which is buried underground, is not believed to have existed on the site 25 years ago when the toddler went missing.
Detectives are also focussing on a fig tree near the farmhouse after photographs reveal that it too dates to after Ben’s disappearance.
Officers have renewed their search for the toddler after a witness came forward claiming that he may have been run over by a digger and buried by driver Konstantinos Barkas, who was working at the farmhouse.
Barkas died last year aged 62 and his family have denied he had anything to do with the 12-month-old’s death.