A six-year-old girl allegedly abducted by her father weeks ago has been confirmed as a body found on the ocean floor.
Olivia Gimeno Zimmerman disappeared on April 27, along with her one-year-old sister Anna.
Her father Tomas Gimeno picked Anna up from the house of his former partner Beatriz Zimmerman and then picked Olivia up from an extracurricular German learning center before they disappeared.
Search teams yesterday found a body in a gym bag weighed down with an anchor off the coast of Tenerife, more than 3,300 feet underwater.
After fingerprint tests, authorities confirmed today that the body was Olivia’s body.
A spokesman for the investigating judge, who is responsible for an ongoing judicial investigation, said: “This morning fingerprint tests were carried out on the body that was recovered yesterday in the sea off Tenerife, which has unequivocally confirmed that it is the body of Olivia.”
The girl’s sister Anna and her father Tomas Gimeno, 37, have not yet been found almost two months after the trio’s disappearance, which sparked an international manhunt.
Gimeno is said to have taken the two little girls with him on his boat, there are traces of the father’s blood on board. El Pais reported.
A child seat was also found floating in the sea and the Guardia Civil has confirmed, according to the Spanish newspaper, that it belonged to Anna.
Overnight, Spanish media reported that investigators suspect Gimeno drugged and killed his daughters in his home before putting them in separate bags, taking their bodies out to sea and throwing them into the sea with anchors attached.
The Catalan newspaper El Periodico reported that open drug packages containing sedatives and muscle relaxants were found in his living room.
Gimeno was reportedly seen on CCTV loading several bags on his boat in the Tenerife Marina in Santa Cruz the night the girls went missing.
A security guard said he saw a man who matched his description without the teenagers being seen, the report said.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez was among the celebs who stressed the girls’ disappearance in the days following their disappearance.
Georgina, 27, said in an emotional post to her 24 million Instagram followers shortly after the mysterious disappearance: “I wholeheartedly hope that the girls will be found safely and that they will soon be able to hug their mom again.”
Santa Cruz Mayor Jose Manuel Bermudez responded Thursday to the discovery, saying, “There are no words to express the terrible desperation I feel. Out of respect for the mother’s pain and with all the caution that the terrible news that reaches us deserves, I would like to express to the family the whole solidarity of the citizens of Santa Cruz. “
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted: “I cannot imagine the pain of the mother of little Anna and Olivia, who disappeared in Tenerife after the terrible news we just heard.
“I send a hug and my love and that of my whole family, who today show solidarity with Beatrice and her loved ones.”