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22 October 2013 - Media release

Greek authorities ask INTERPOL to help identify unknown girl using DNA comparison

LYON, France – Greek authorities have asked INTERPOL to assist their efforts to identify a young blond girl found living in a Roma settlement by sharing her DNA profile with its global membership.

INTERPOL will make its DNA Gateway available to any member country whose law enforcement agency has been provided with the profile of someone claiming to be a blood relative of the unknown child.

Until now, a comparison of the girl’s profile against INTERPOL’s global DNA database has not produced a match. All of the Organization’s 190 member countries are now being encouraged to check her DNA profile against their own national databases, as Greek authorities investigate whether the young girl known as ‘Maria’ may have been abducted or fallen prey to child traffickers.

Countries which do not have national DNA databases are being encouraged to add all their DNA records of missing children to INTERPOL's database.

INTERPOL has issued a Yellow Notice at the request of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Athens which includes the photo and DNA profile of the child, believed to be aged around four years, who was found on 16 October near Farsala in central Greece.

Yellow Notices are circulated by INTERPOL to help locate missing persons, especially minors or, as in this case, to help identify persons who are not able to identify themselves.

At the request of the Greek authorities, INTERPOL has also issued Blue Notices for Christos Salis and Eleftheria Dimopoulou, the couple in whose home the girl was found and who have now been charged with abduction. Blue Notices are issued to collect additional information about a person’s identity, location or activities.

Anyone with information about the girl or the adults should contact their national police or the Greek authorities.

All enquiries in relation to the investigation should be directed to the Greek authorities.