The search for Anna and Olivia, the one and six-year-old girls who disappeared a week ago on the Canary Island of Tenerife with their father, Tomás Gimeno, continues by air, land and, above all, sea, as the Government delegate in the Canary Islands, Anselmo Pestana. The 37-year-old father did not return them to his ex-partner after spending several hours with them last Tuesday. “We are looking further south than where the drifting ship was found, since we are taking into account the effect of currents,” he explained in an appearance at the Civil Guard Command of the Tenerife capital together with the chief general from the Canary Islands, Juan Miguel Arribas. Pestana has reiterated on several occasions that the Civil Guard “does not rule out any hypothesis.”
The air and maritime service of the Civil Guard participate in the search, as well as the Special Group of Underwater Activities (GEAS) and the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police, which is leading the investigation, supported by agents of the Central Operational Unit (UCO) arrived from Madrid. In addition, other organizations such as Maritime Rescue and 112 of the Canary Islands support the search with a helicopter.
The Government delegate has called for citizen collaboration in search of any detail that may help clarify the disappearance, and has demanded that the security forces be allowed to act. “Intense police work is underway. The titular judge has declared the summary secret, it is a very reasoned and reasonable secret, and therefore all the elements of the investigation are collected by him ”. He also explained that this Tuesday he will meet with the girls’ mother: “She is feeling the solidarity of all Canarian citizens.”
Anna, Olivia and their father disappeared last Tuesday, after their father took the girls away on an arranged visit with their ex-partner. Starting at 9:00 p.m., the agreed time for the return, the mother went to Gimeno’s house, where there was no one. Then a call began in which the father announced to the mother that he was not going to see his daughters or him again, and not to worry, that he was going to take good care of the girls. From that time on, the security cameras of the marina where the missing person had his six-meter-long boat docked captured him loading bags onto the boat. At 00:30, Gimeno set sail. The ship was found the next day empty and adrift. A subsequent examination revealed traces of blood inside. In addition, rescue services found a child restraint chair floating in the sea. The chair is the one used by the younger girl, Anna.
This Monday, about twenty members of the Civil Guard and the Central Operational Unit (UCO) of the armed institute inspected for the second time the Gimeno farm in the town of Igueste de Candelaria (municipality of Candelaria, in the east of the island). During the inspection, which lasted about four hours, a relative of Gimeno was present, who left the residence shortly before it ended. This Monday it was also known that the blood found in the pleasure boat of Tomás Gimeno, Anna and Olivia’s father, is not one of the minors, but Gimeno himself, according to sources in the case after comparing the samples sent to the crime lab with which the two minors are preserved.
One of the traces that the investigators follow is that of the transfer of 55,000 euros between two Gimeno accounts, carried out the day before his disappearance. Sources of the investigation consulted have assured that the father of the girls has not withdrawn cash from ATMs since he disappeared last Tuesday.