Interpol Urges Full Search for Greek Mystery Child's Parents
Interpol has no data on the biological parents of the blond girl found in a Roma camp in northern Greece on October 16.
The organization reported Wednesday that they have compared Maria's DNA sample with their records and found no matches. Interpol calls on all who believe that they might be the child's parents to send DNA analysis.
One of the most popular Greek investigative journalists, Makis Triantafillopoulos, told Bulgarian public television, (BNT) that Maria was not a victim of child trafficking.
According to the journalist, Maria's mother is Bulgarian Roma. He also believes that her parents were poor and for this reason gave the child to Greek Roma. The problem, he said, is the Greek law on adoptions.
George Plios, Head of Department of Mass Communications at the University of Athens, says media exaggerated the case and turned it into a racist subject.
Theodoros Athanasiadis, a Greek citizen who lives in Bulgaria's southern resort town of Sandanski, first hinted of a Bulgarian trail. Since then, however, he has refused to speak to any Bulgarian media, but has revealed his story before Triantafillopoulos.
Interpol urges all countries that participate in the organization to check their databases and help Greek authorities find Maria's parents.
After the girl was discovered, Bulgarian and Greek Police held a joint operation in Sandanski in search for father of the little girl.
The child, known as Maria and aged about four, was found by Greek police during a drug raid on a Roma community near Larissa in central Greece.
A 40-year old woman and 39 -year-old man have been arrested and charged with kidnapping, since DNA tests revealed that the couple with whom Maria lived was not her biological parents.
Greek authorities then requested assistance from Interpol to find the parents of the girl.
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