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KERRY Grist is the mother of Ben Needham. He is the child who went missing on the Greek island of Kos in 1991. He was 21 months old. He was born on October 29, 1989. He would be 21 now. But he does not age. His photos remains the same at his family’s home. He, like all the families of missing, are trapped. For them life does not go on. It stops.
But someone knows what happened. Someone always knows.
Kerry Grist wants the Prime Minister to start a new investigation. Says she:
“It seems more painful. It seems to be dragging me down really. I can feel a depression setting in. It’s getting harder to find the strength to keep going.”
The milestone birthday is a chance for Ben Needham’s name to get into the news. The last chance was when Madeleine McCann vanished. In May 2007, as the voracious media turned a missing child into Our Maddie, Mrs Grist’s words were of interest to the press. She saw Kate McCann on the TV:
“It was like a mirror image, the look on her face, the fear, the worry, everything. It was like seeing myself 15 years ago.”
“The only thing I can try and advise her on is to stay strong, stay in control of everything – the police investigation, the media side of it – just stay focused and stay strong.”
Madeleine McCann has not been found. And neither has Ben Needham. For all the media’s power, both children remain gone.
Says Kerry Grist on Sky News:
“It’s not a celebration for us. It’s just marking the day that he was born into our family. And now somebody else is celebrating his birthday with him – he probably doesn’t even know that it is his birthday. He probably has a different one now.”
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