Greek police are trying to figure out the identity of a young blonde girl, found living on a Roma settlement with a family she did not resemble.

DNA tests revealed the child, called Maria and aged around four, was not related to the couple she lived with.

The little girl is now being looked after by a charity. Her photo has been released to help find her family.

Officials fear she may have been a victim of abduction or child trafficking.

Police are appealing internationally as the little girl looks like she might be from northern or eastern Europe.


Police raided the Roma camp, near Farsala in central Greece, on suspicion of criminal activity.

Handout photo released by Greek Police on October 18, 2013 shows an unidentified 4-year-old blonde girl whom was found on October 17, 2013 near Farsala in central Greece The little girl is “confused” and “shocked” by the changes in her environment, the charity looking after her says

They noticed the lack of resemblance between the blonde-haired, blue-eyed little girl and her parents, and found further discrepancies when they investigated the family’s documents.

The couple had registered different numbers of children with different regional family registries.

The woman claimed to have given birth to six children within a 10-month period.


When questioned about how they came to have Maria, the couple gave “constantly changing claims,” Thessalia Province Police Director Vassilis Halatsis said.

They have been arrested on suspicion of abducting a minor.

The president of the Smile of the Child organisation that is looking after the little girl, Kostas Yaaopoulos, says the child is confused and shocked by the change in her environment.

She was being used to beg on the streets of Larissa because she was blonde and cute, he alleged.

2 Responses to Greek police appeal over mystery blonde girl

  1. Kathy says:

    They should do a DNA profile her. Then anyone who has had a child abducted get a DNA profile on themselves. Run all results through a computer and watch the matches pop up.

  2. terry K says:

    Correct Kathy on the DNA Kathy , unless the child had been sold ! Then it would not be of much good >

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