The waters off the Canary Island of Tenerife are being combed for the our bodies of a person and his small daughter whom he’s believed to have kidnapped and killed, alongside together with her sister, greater than seven weeks in the past.
Tomás Gimeno (37) disappeared along with his two daughters, Olivia (6) and Anna (1), on April twenty seventh, as an alternative of returning them to their mom, Beatriz Zimmermann, from whom he was separated. A small boat belonging to Mr Gimeno was discovered empty and floating off the coast of Tenerife.
On June tenth, the physique of Olivia was discovered on the seabed, at a depth of 1,000 metres, inside a bag and tied to an anchor. One other bag, which was empty, was additionally discovered.
An post-mortem carried out on the woman’s physique discovered that she was lifeless earlier than being thrown into the water.
An oceanographic analysis vessel, which has a robotic submarine, has been looking the realm however to date there was no hint of Anna or the daddy.
In accordance with the civil guard, which is investigating the case, Mr Gimeno killed each ladies in his residence earlier than placing their our bodies in luggage and driving to the coast, the place he put them on his boat and took them out to sea. Beforehand, he left cash and a goodbye notice for his present companion. He made a threatening cellphone name to Ms Zimmermann, telling her she wouldn’t see the women once more, at across the identical time that investigators consider he threw each our bodies into the water.
Mr Gimeno sought to inflict “an inhuman ache on his companion”, from whom he separated final 12 months, in response to investigators.
Nonetheless, though his physique is being looked for beneath the speculation that he could have taken his personal life, the investigating decide has issued a world arrest warrant, holding open the speculation that he could have fled Spain.
The case has led to a collection of protests, in Tenerife and different elements of Spain, towards violence inflicted on girls and youngsters. In accordance with authorities figures, 39 minors have been killed since 2013 by their fathers or companions of their moms, figures which don’t embody Olivia and Anna Gimeno.
“Youngsters are our duty and as a mom it hurts my soul to not have been in a position to save their lives,” Ms Zimmermann wrote in a message to thank the general public for the assist she has obtained.
Nonetheless, prosecutors within the Canary Islands have opened a probe into feedback made by an area Catholic priest, who appeared responsible Mr Gimeno’s alleged killing of the 2 ladies on Ms Zimmermann.
In social media posts, the priest, Fernando Báez Santana, described the daddy as a sufferer, showing responsible what he mentioned was “the infidelity” of Ms Zimmermann for his violent actions. The prosecutor’s workplace will resolve whether or not to take authorized motion towards the priest.