Body found in bag on seabed off Tenerife confirmed as missing six-year-old girl


A body found inside a bag on the seabed off Tenerife has been confirmed as that of a missing six-year-old girl taken by her father weeks ago.

Investigators searching the water off the Port of Guimar found the bag tied to an anchor some 3,200ft (1,000m) below the surface, Spain‘s Civil Guard said on Friday.

Coroners later identified the body as Olivia Gimeno – whose father Tomas took her and her one-year-old sister Anna without permission on 27 April.

Their mother Beatriz Zimmermann, who is divorced from their father, claims he told her she would never see any of them again.

Tomas Antonio Himeno
This wanted poster was put out by police showing Tomas Gimeno

A second bag was also found empty in the water off Tenerife, sparking fears Anna’s body may never be found.

Police are still looking for the one-year-old and her father.

Investigators launched a widescale search after the girls disappeared, focusing on an area of sea off the Canary Islands when Mr Gimeno’s boat was found abandoned there.

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Interpol joined the hunt by publishing photos of the two girls alongside so-called “yellow notices” aimed at finding missing persons.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted his condolences, saying: “I cannot imagine the pain of the mother of little Anna and Olivia.

“My hug, my love and that of my whole family, who today sympathises with Beatriz and her loved ones.”

Queen Letizia of Spain also expressed her “pain and sadness” before Olivia was found last week.

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