Authorities in Greece have taken a Roma couple, Christos Salis and Eleftheria Dimopoulou, into custody on charges of child abduction. During a raid on their camp to search for drugs and weapons, officials were drawn to a young, blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl in substandard living conditions who clearly bore no resemblance to the Roma couple claiming to be her parents. DNA tests later conducted on the little girl confirmed suspicions that she was in no way related to the couple.
During their interviews with officials, Salis and Dimopoulou have provided inconsistent details about how the child came to be in their custody. Currently, the couple claims that a mystery woman gave them the little girl shortly after her birth because she could not properly care for her. Police also were given falsified birth and registration documents for the girl as well as several other children in their custody. Until the circumstances around these falsified documents have been further examined, four officials involved in issuing the documents have been suspended.
Police have issued an international plea to help find the parents of the little girl they are calling “Maria.” Thousands of calls have already poured in from people hoping their tips could lead to finding the girl’s parents. Specifically, police are looking into two UK families with missing children that believe there is a possibility the girl could be theirs. Only DNA testing will prove if the child is related to one of these couples or if the search must continue.