ON THE ninth anniversary of Canary Islander Yeremi Vargas' disappearance, police say they have opened up a new lead and are searching for a 40-year-old man who had a white Rénault 5 Oasis at the time.
It was being driven by a man said to be between 30 and 40 on the date, who was wearing a baseball cap.
Yeremi, seven, vanished whilst out playing in his home town of Vecindario, annexed to the larger Santa Lucía de Tirajana, on March 10, 2007.
Police do not know for certain whether the man in question had any connection with Yeremi's disappearance, but have asked for the public's help in locating the vehicle.
Until now, the strongest line of inquiry has been a group of known sexual predators from Scotland who had been on the island of Gran Canaria in 2007 and 2008, but this has been closed after it led to a dead end.
However, a number of sexual abuse cases perpetrated by the Scotsmen have been proven as a result, and they have since faced trial.
The chief of the Guardia Civil says the Yeremi case has never been closed, and public help has constantly been sought and still may be valuable in helping to find the missing child and his kidnapper.
Anyone who may be able to help should call the Guardia Civil in Gran Canaria on (0034) 928 32 04 00.