The Government Delegation in the Canary Islands has reported this Thursday that the lifeless body of a minor has been found in the area where Anna and Olivia, the girls who disappeared a month ago in Tenerife, are being searched. Civil Guard sources assure that it is the corpse of Olivia, the oldest of the girls, and that the body was at the bottom of the sea, inside a bag tied to the anchor of the boat of the father of both minors, Tomás Gimeno . The ship was found adrift in the first days of the event. The fact has already been communicated to the mother and family of the minors. The Civil Guard tracking work continues at the scene of the event, one nautical mile from the port of Santa Cruz.
The titular magistrate of the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 3 of Güímar (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) has reported on the afternoon of this Thursday that she has ordered the removal of the body of a girl of around six years of age “who, in the of more decisive forensic medical evidence, it could almost certainly correspond to Olivia ”.
The body, explained the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands, was found by the search ship’s robot Angeles Alvariño at noon today at a depth of 1,000 meters about three miles from the Tenerife coast. It was inside a sports bag tied to an anchor. Next to them, another empty sports bag has been found. The body was transferred to land around 6:00 p.m. and taken to the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences. It should be noted that the father of the minors had boarded the boat with which he left Tenerife with six bags.
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, regretted the finding this afternoon through a publication on his Twitter account: “I cannot imagine the pain of the mother of little Anna and Olivia, who disappeared in Tenerife, before the terrible news that we have just finished. to know. My embrace, my love and that of my entire family, who today stands in solidarity with Beatriz and her loved ones ”, he wrote in his tweet.
The girls’ father, Tomás Gimeno (37 years old), allegedly abducted his two daughters, ages one and six, on the night of April 27 on the Canary Island of Tenerife. For a few weeks, the search on the Tenerife seabed has become the main line of investigation of the Civil Guard after inspections on land had not allowed to find his whereabouts.
Therefore, the area has been being investigated since the beginning of the month by the ship Angeles Alvariño, a ship of the Spanish Oceanographic Institute equipped with a sonar and an underwater robot, which works uninterruptedly during the day and night in an area delimited by the geopositioning of the girls’ father’s mobile phone on the afternoon and night of their disappearance.
On April 27, around five in the afternoon, Tomás Gimeno picked up Anna at the home of the girls’ mother, her ex-partner Beatriz Zimmermann, 35. Then he went to look for Olivia at a camp where he went after school. Later, he went with them to their home in the municipality of Igueste de Candelaria. Around 7:30 p.m. he went to the Marina Tenerife marina. Neither the security cameras nor the security guard detected the presence of Anna and Olivia at their entrance.
Gimeno embarked alone. Before doing so, he loaded the boat with six suitcases and bags, for which he made three trips from his white Audi A3. That day he would set sail twice. Returning from his first incursion at sea, he was intercepted by the Civil Guard and proposed for sanction for skipping the curfew. After midnight, he set sail again and his trail was lost. The next day, the boat was found empty, adrift and without anchor in front of the town of Puertito de Güímar. Shortly after, he found floating a child restraint car seat, which he was using for Anna. Last Monday, Angeles Alvariño found a bottle of oxygen and a duvet cover in the sea.
The Tenerife court had initiated preliminary proceedings under summary secrecy last April in the case, and pointed to Tomás Gimeno as the main suspect. The proceedings are declared secret.
The girls’ mother, Beatriz Zimmermann, has published several letters in the last month. In all of them he expressed his conviction that the little ones were alive. This Wednesday, she claimed to believe that the diving bottle and the quilt were all “quite a theater” to mask a leak, which is what she was convinced had occurred.