The Civil Guard investigators have kept open all the hypotheses about what could have happened with the little girls and their father, Tomás Gimeno, since the night of Tuesday, April 27. And yesterday was the first week since both minors were seen for the last time, without the effort of the Civil Guard, both at the level of investigation and search by land, sea and air, has yet yielded any significant progress, at least that has truly transcended public opinion. The Government delegate in the Archipelago, Anselmo Pestana, offered a press conference in which he also demanded citizen collaboration in case both girls are located anywhere.
One of the challenges is knowing when and where Gimeno left his boat adrift
Pestana recalled that the search for the three people began last Wednesday, after knowledge of their disappearance became known the night before. On April 28, at 5:40 p.m., Gimeno’s boat was found without occupants and adrift one nautical mile from El Puertito de Güímar, which caused “intense work” to locate the adult and the minors. “We wanted to be here also supporting the units, both research and search, that are carrying out work” on “which we are all attentive and pending the success” of such tasks, said the delegate.
Above all, by sea
In addition to highlighting the involvement of the different resources of the Civil Guard, the delegate highlighted the actions of Maritime Rescue crews, in terms of search tasks at sea, as well as from the air thanks to the Helicopter Unit of the Armed Institute , Helimer 211 of Maritime Rescue, as well as an aircraft of the Emergency and Rescue Group (GES) of the Canary Islands Government. The search to try to find the whereabouts of Tomás, Olivia and Anna is carried out by land, sea and air, but, above all, at sea. The delegate recalled that the search in the marine environment has been extended to the South of Tenerife.
Pestana recalled that the head of the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 3 of Güímar declared the summary secrecy of the proceedings, for which she appealed to respect that measure, beyond the desire for information and the desire of many people from the civil society to find evidence that can help the investigation. At that point, he appealed to citizen collaboration, which is “always fundamental,” said Pestana.
The delegate assured the media that he hoped to speak with the family of the minors during yesterday’s session; “All the understanding and support to the family of the Canarian and Spanish society; we know the level of suffering they can have in the face of the disappearance of Anna and Olivia ”. According to Pestana, the research team is very dedicated and committed; at the same time he added that society is pending the resolution of the matter, “but there is a family behind it and we must preserve that hope they have of finding them alive; I hope that can happen ”.
From the afternoon of April 27 until the ship appears, almost 24 hours later, there are several time slots in which it is still not known where Tomás Gimeno could be. Their parents affirm that they said goodbye to the little ones at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. From that moment until it was captured by cameras at the Marina Tenerife marina, exactly two hours passed. After loading bags onto his boat, he left 20 minutes later, at 9:50 p.m. Where was he and what did he do in the next hour and forty minutes? Among other things, shortly before ten o’clock at night he spoke by phone with his ex-partner; a conversation in which, for the first time, he was adamant that he would never see the girls or him again.
At 11:30 p.m. he returned to Marina Tenerife to go to a gas station, buy a mobile charger and recharge the battery of his terminal in the port. At 00:30 hours he left again. Sixty minutes later Tomás and Beatriz spoke again about their relationship and the man insists on his previous farewell message.
One of the challenges for the professionals of the Armed Institute is to know when and where the businessman left his boat adrift. The boat with an outboard motor was located off the coast of El Puertito de Güímar. Patrol boats of the Maritime Service of the Civil Guard and Maritime Rescue boats have carried out strikes in parallel and perpendicular lines off the coasts of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Southeast and the South of the Island. Specifically, the search has been extended between Punta de Anaga and Punta Salema (near the Rasca Lighthouse), in Arona. And in recent days that work has also expanded to the coast of La Gomera.
Esquilón has not had an anchor for about three years, in the sense that the absence of this nautical element cannot be attributed to recent events due to the disappearance of Tomás, Olivia and Anna. Regarding Beatriz and Tomás’ relationship, he commented that it was “normal.” “From the outside, a perfect couple, handsome, intelligent boys, the typical ideal couple,” said Javier. For years, this couple resided in the family farm located in the Guaza area, in Arona. For almost a year and a half, Tomás and Beatriz moved to Igueste de Candelaria, before their separation
The blood of the boat is from Tomás Gimeno
The blood remains found by agents of the Criminalistics Laboratory of the Civil Guard in the inspection carried out last Thursday in Tomás Gimeno’s boat corresponds to this 37-year-old man, according to the information released yesterday by Eph. This was disclosed after it was ruled out on Monday afternoon that the blood corresponded to one or the two minors, Olivia and Anna. In addition, in statements to Telecinco, a man who identified himself as Javier assured that the biological trace could be his, since years ago he left in Gimeno’s boat and in a jump he suffered a foot injury and stained the floor of the boat , as he was reminded these days by a mutual friend of his and of the disappeared businessman. During the same statements, Javier clarified that the Esquilón ship did not have an anchor for about three years, in the sense that the absence of this nautical element cannot be attributed to the latest events due to the disappearance of Tomás, Olivia and Anna. Regarding Beatriz and Tomás’ relationship, she commented that it was “normal.” “From the outside, a perfect couple, handsome, intelligent boys, the typical ideal couple,” said Javier. For years, said couple resided in the family farm located in the Guaza area, in Arona. For almost a year and a half, Tomás and Beatriz moved to Igueste de Candelaria, before their separation. |
- It is the day when the girls Olivia and Anna Gimeno Zimmermann are seen for the last time. From 5:00 p.m. they were with their father. The oldest went to some sports classes. Both minors went to see their paternal grandparents with Tomás. The businessman talks to his ex-wife on the phone about how he will never see the little girls or him again.
28th of April
- Gimeno’s boat, Esquilón, appears empty and adrift off the coast of El Puertito de Güímar. It’s 5:40 p.m. The appearance of the boat without anyone inside, together with the messages of the night and the previous morning, raises all the alarms about the state of the girls. The case is declared high risk. The boat is transferred to the Fishing Dock. The news of the disappearance of the aforementioned people spreads.
- The captain of Marina Tenerife, Enrique Alonso, reports that Tomás Gimeno went to the aforementioned marina twice on Tuesday night. The first was at 9:30 p.m. He loaded his ship with several bags and packages, to set sail 20 minutes later with no known destination. He returned at 11:30 p.m., went to buy a mobile charger and recharged his terminal. The Civil Guard inspected Gimeno’s outboard boat on Thursday morning.
- The Civil Guard announces that four agents from the Central Operational Unit (UCO), specifically from the group that investigates telecommunications systems, will join the investigation tasks to try to determine where Tomás Gimeno was before and after he set sail from Marina Tenerife, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Two agents made a superficial search at the home of the girls’ father in Igueste de Candelaria.
- The head of the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 3 of Güímar decrees an international search warrant on Tomás Gimeno and his daughters, Olivia and Anna, in case their escape to another country had occurred. Thus, the authorities of various countries are warned about the need to inform the Civil Guard about their location. The researchers focused the search for the father and the girls in the sea, on the southeast coast of the island.
- Olivia and Anna’s mother decides to express her hope that they are still alive and that she will be with them again. To do this, he publishes a text: «My message is to send a lot of light and love to the girls, I am sure they are well. That they do not watch the news feeding the bad energy, that everyone thinks that the girls are a beautiful light, that they are protected and that, as soon as we expect it, they will be playing and running happily.
- Agents from the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police and the Criminalistics Laboratory of the Civil Guard carry out an exhaustive search for four hours in the house where Gimeno has lived in Igueste de Candelaria. The judicial authority and a sister of the disappeared are present there. Investigators do not find any clues or evidence of where the father and the girls may be. It is confirmed that the blood of the ship is not of the small ones.
- The Government delegate in the Canary Islands, Anselmo Pestana, offers a press conference in which he does not provide a single news or advance on the case, arguing that there is a summary secret. He affirms that the search has been extended to the South of Tenerife and, in parallel, asks for the collaboration of citizens who can provide interesting data about Gimeno’s movements. According to Efe, the blood on the ship belongs to Tomás.