Tomás Gimeno allegedly used a quick and silent procedureor to murder their daughters, Anna and Olivia, on April 27. The Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) issued a note this Thursday in which divulges the main elements of the definitive autopsypracticed on the oldest girl, whose body was found at the bottom of the sea on June 10 thanks to the work of the Civil Guard Judicial Police Crimes Against Persons Team and the professionals of the Ángeles Alvariño oceanographic ship. Said document establishes that the minor died of mechanical asphyxiation due to suffocation. And, after the toxicological examination of the corpse, no elements of interest for the investigation were found, so the little ones were intoxicated or poisoned in the afternoon-night of the day they disappeared.
The final autopsy carried out at the Institute of Legal Medicine of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been known more than seven months after the discovery of the victim at a depth of 1,000 meters. Gimeno did not have sufficient medical or pharmaceutical knowledge to choose a lethal drug or product capable of immediately ending the lives of his daughters. But he didn’t need it either. She was aware that the girls were not going to be able to overcome or cope with a deadly attack.
A mechanical suffocation by suffocation can be performed by using one or two hands to cover the mouth and nose of minors; or by using a pillow or a cushion on the girls’ faces.
The parent was able to use his hands, or a pillow, to end the lives of the minors
The neighbors did not hear anything strange the afternoon-night in which the events occurred. And the dogs of the Civil Guard specialized in the detection of corpses or human remains did not find any clue of interest in the Igueste de Candelaria estate, nor in the white Audi A3.
The Court of Violence against Women number 2 of Santa Cruz de Tenerife registered in recent days the definitive forensic medical report of the autopsy carried out on the girl Olivia Gimeno Zimmermann, according to the TSJC.
The expert opinion concludes that the girl died of a “violent death”, of a “homicidal” forensic etiology, the fundamental cause of which was “compatible with mechanical asphyxiation due to suffocation” and the immediate or ultimate cause “compatible with an acute pulmonary edema ».
The toxicological analyzes do not find in the body substances of interest for the investigation
The blood, pericardial fluid and gastric content tests carried out by forensic laboratories on organic samples from the little girl did not detect any presence of “substances of toxicological interest”, clarifies the TSJC.
The date of the girl’s death is between 7:54 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on April 27, the same day that the two sisters disappeared, presumably killed by their father, who is currently missing.
According to the account of the events that the Civil Guard investigators sent to the judicial authority, Tomás Gimeno arrived at his home in Igueste de Candelaria at 7:47 p.m. Just three minutes later, the mother of the little ones, Beatriz Zimmermann, received a message from Tomás’ mobile with an audio that contained Olivia’s voice. The girl told her mother that her father asked her to go “look for Tata’s paintings and drive the car” into the farm. The woman asked what time and the answer was 9:00 p.m.
Minutes after the audio was recorded and sent, Gimeno allegedly suffocated his two daughters. Later, he wrapped their bodies in towels and placed them in garbage bags. And then he put them in two sports bags, which were transferred to the trunk of his white Audi A3.
The girls’ mother arrived at the Igueste de Candelaria farm after 9:00 p.m. But already at that moment he did not find Thomas there. The investigators of the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police of the Civil Guard have evidence that Gimeno left at 9:05 p.m. in the direction of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
And, based on the time spent, he had to drive at a high speed. He arrived in the city around 9:13 p.m. and stopped for a moment outside his parents’ house. There, secretly, he left his dog, two credit cards with their respective keys and a couple of sets of keys to his black Alfa Romeo Giulia vehicle. This car was left by Gimeno after midnight, covered with a cover, on the farm where he carried out his professional activity, in Guaza del Medio, in the municipality of Arona (South of Tenerife).
At 9:27 p.m., Anna and Olivia’s father arrived at the Marina Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where the security guard opened the gate of the fenced area for him. Tomás parked in front of jetty A of the marina. Until 9:36 p.m., on three trips from the car to his ship, the Esquilón, he moved various objects, among which were the sports bags in which he carried the minors.
Gimeno knew that his boat was seaworthy, since several hours earlier, while Anna was at her parents’ house and Olivia was attending tennis lessons, he had gone to check that the engine was starting.
At 9:40 p.m., Gimeno set sail with his launch. Eleven minutes later, the mother of the little girls called Tomás, who told her that she was already off the Island with her daughters. At 9:59 p.m., Beatriz Zimmermann telephoned Gimeno again and he told her that he was no longer going to see the girls or him, since he was leaving with them to start a new life.
At 10:30 p.m. and 10:40 p.m., the mother of the little girls repeated the call to Tomás, but both times from the Civil Guard post located in Radazul, near her home. But Gimeno’s response was the same, although an agent from the Armed Institute intervened in the conversation.
When he was already away from the coast, at 10:30 p.m., Tomás allegedly threw into the sea the sports bags that contained Olivia’s body and presumably Anna’s, both tied to the ship’s anchor, along with a chain and a rope. Several seconds after that maneuver, Gimeno called Beatriz Zimmermann to tell her that she could not allow her daughters to grow up without him, supposedly in reference to the woman’s new sentimental partner.