The latest scientific technology carried by the oceanographic vessel Ángeles Alvariño is achieving what seemed an almost impossible mission: to contribute to clarify this complex case in its first campaign to try to search for people under the sea, thanks to its effective collaboration with researchers from the Civil Guard, which has provided key information for locating evidence. Once again, science at the service of Justice.
The news of the appearance of one of the little girls was confirmed shortly after 7:10 p.m. by the Government Delegation in the Canary Islands in a very prudent tone. “Today a lifeless body, apparently of a minor, has been found in the search area for the disappeared girls in Tenerife,” said the aforementioned institution. The location of the body was communicated to the mother and the relatives of the father.
Olivia’s lifeless body appeared inside a sports bag, which it was tied to an anchor. It is the same anchor piece that Gimeno’s boat was missing. Next to that bag appeared another with similar characteristics, but empty. The location occurred at noon. ANDThe corpse of the minor was taken ashore about 6:00 p.m. and, immediately, it was taken to the offices ofl Institute of Legal Medicine of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. At around 8:30 p.m., the titular magistrate of the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 3 of Güímar carried out the lifting of the body of the six-year-old girl. The Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands explained that the body, “in the absence of more decisive forensic medical evidence, could correspond, almost certainly Olivia G., the minor missing along with her one-year-old sister, Anna, and her father ”.
Olivia’s location in the inside of a sports bag raises a scenario that, in principle and in the absence of new key findings in the investigation, is very different from that of the flight in a boat to another country with the two minors to take care of them properly, as Beatriz Zimmermann and her environment have defended until now .
Investigators of the Civil Guard they have done painstaking work to try to clarify what happened. In addition to carrying out numerous procedures, telecommunications analyzes, records and different checks, they have also had to assess or discard all proposals made by friends or acquaintances of Tomás Gimeno, many with the intention of helping. Each step has been taken with the utmost care and human and material resources have not been spared to detect clues or evidence regarding the whereabouts of the father and the two little girls.
The Court of First Instance and Instruction of the Güímar district who is in charge of the case issued an international search and arrest warrant against Tomás Gimeno, which, to this day, remains in force.
On the house and the farm owned by Tomás Gimeno In the town of Igueste de Candelaria, a total of five records and inspections of different characteristics have been carried out. From the entry made on the morning of April 28 to know if the people were at home until those made later by the Criminalistics Laboratory, the Judicial Police or the dogs specialized in finding human biological remains arrived from Madrid, that analysis allowed to choose some options and discard others.
In any case, the investigators always gave priority to the possibility that the three people could be in the sea, after the murder of the two girls and the suicide of their father. Tenerife criminologist Félix Ríos said yesterday, a few hours before the location of the body was disclosed, that no man who is involved in a parental kidnapping is dedicated to calling the ex-wife, family and friends to say goodbye. At this time, all eyes are still on the bottom of the ocean in case the bodies of Tomás and his youngest daughter, one year old, appear. The tracking continues, 24 hours a day, thanks to the three shifts set at Ángeles Alvariño.