Search continues for boy believed snatched by father after mother’s murder


Police in Halkidiki in northern Greece believe they have found one more clue in their search of a 33-year-old Albanian man who is suspected of snatching his 4-year-old son after murdering the boy’s mother.

A search in a wooded area in Melissia on Tuesday turned up a child’s jacket and the remains of a small fire, 10 kilometers from the spot where police on Sunday found the suspect’s abandoned motorcycle and a man’s jacket.

The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old James Lesi, an Albanian national and resident of Ormylia in Halkidiki, with police releasing his photograph in an appeal for the public’s help in apprehending him.

A large-scale search has been under way for the suspect since the discovery of his estranged wife’s body in her home last week. She had been stabbed repeatedly. The couple had two children, the youngest of which is missing and believed to have been taken by the father.

Greek police have alerted Albanian authorities to be on the lookout in case the suspect tries to cross the border into his native country, while the Smile of the Child charity has also launched an appeal for help in locating the missing boy.