Greek and Bulgarian police officers were conducting a joint investigation with regard to locating a Bulgarian Roma believed to be the biological father of a young girl discovered living in a Roma camp in the area of Farsala, central Greece, last week.
According to reports, a large-scale operation was underway in the area of Sandanski, in southwestern Bulgaria.
On Tuesday Interpol issued a yellow notice in the case of the girl, nicknamed Maria, who was believed to be 5 or 6 years old. The international agency said that the girl was not on its list of 610 missing children, based on a DNA test.
The Roma couple charged with the girl’s abduction, 39-year-old Christos Salis and his spouse, 41-year-old Eleftheria Dimopoulou, told magistrates that the girl had been left in their care by a couple who are Bulgarian nationals.
Local authorities believe that Maria may have ended up at the Farsala camp following a crackdown on illegal adoptions in Bulgaria in the 2008-2010 period.