Police are trying to unravel the mystery surrounding a young girl found in a Greek Roma camp. NBC News reports on Oct. 20 that the child has been nicknamed the blonde angel, but the Roma community calls her Maria. The girl appears to be the victim of child trafficking, and police are trying to find her real family.
Maria was discovered by police during a drug raid in the Greek Roma camp. The four-year-old is not related to the Roma family that claims they found her and raised her. A DNA test proved that Hristos Salis and Eleftheria Dimopoulou are not the child’s parents.
Salis and Dimopoulou have provided several stories to explain how Maria became a part of their family. They range from finding an abandoned baby at a store to adopting a baby from a Bulgarian migrant who did not want her. Police have not been able to confirm any of these tales, and Interpol is now involved.
More than 5,000 tips have appeared, but it will not be easy to find the blonde angel’s real family. Her DNA is being added to databases around the world with the hope that she can be matched to a family with a missing daughter. Maria has not been able to give any insight into her family. The four-year-old only speaks a couple of words. It is possible that she was the victim of child trafficking. The Smile of the Child charity is taking care of Maria while Salis and Dimopoulou have been arrested.