Interpol DNA database shows no match for Roma camp girl

CARTAGENA- Interpol has searched its DNA database in the case of the mysterious blonde girl discovered in a Roma community in Greece and found no match, the police body's chief said Tuesday.
The child, known as Maria, was found last week near the central Greek town of Farsala.
Authorities there had asked Interpol to help identify the little girl, the cross-border agency said.

"We took the DNA profile received from the Greek authorities and we compared it to our database. And there was no match in our database," Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble told AFP at the police organization's annual meeting in the Colombian coast resort city of Cartagena.
The girl's DNA profile had been communicated to all Interpol member countries, said the organization, based in the French city of Lyon.
Noble said that even though there was no match with its current DNA database of missing people, Interpol was not without options.
"We sent a message to our member countries asking to do the same thing with their own national databases," he explained.
The agency also requested that the DNA profile be taken of anyone who comes forward claiming to be a relative and sent to Interpol.
"A DNA profile can be taken by the police anywhere in the world, sent to Interpol and compared to the profile sent to us by the Greek authorities" Noble said.
The Interpol chief said that the huge publicity the girl's case has received worldwide might help find some of her relatives.
Initially thought to be four years old, but later confirmed from dental checks to be five or six, she was kept by a Roma couple who were placed in pre-trial detention on Monday for allegedly abducting her.
The couple, a 39-year-old man and his 40-year-old wife, deny the charge and claim that she was voluntarily handed over by her Bulgarian Roma mother who could not care for her.

Wednesday, October 23rd 2013

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