A Spanish man allegedly drugged and killed his two young daughters before throwing their bodies in the sea – and their desperate mother wished she could have died with them, a report said.
The body of Beatriz Zimmerman’s 6-year-old daughter Olivia Gimeno was found by a deep-sea robot in a bag more than 3,000 feet underwater off Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, the Sun reported.
The other girl, Anna Gimeno, 1, and her father, Tomás Antonio Gimeno, 37, remain missing and are believed to be dead, but an oceanographic research vessel equipped with special sonar found a clue when it found a second bag that is reported to be empty was the guardian.
The desperate mother of the girls told reporters that she believes her children’s father left her alive to suffer without her daughters.
“As a mother, it hurts my soul not to be able to save her life,” she wrote. “I wish I had been with them in that moment, held their hands and died together.”
The Spanish Civil Guard continue their search for Anna and Gimeno.
“The body was found around noon by a robot from the Angeles Alvarino search ship [Thursday] about 1,000 meters under water, about five kilometers off the coast of Tenerife, “said a police spokesman after Olivia’s body was found.
“It was in a gym bag that was attached to an anchor. Next to it was another empty gym bag, ”he added. “The body was brought ashore for an autopsy. The ship named Angeles Alvarino continues its search. “
Gimeno was reportedly assisted by at least one other person in carrying out a premeditated kidnapping on April 27 after failing to return with the girls to their home in Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz, the Sun reported.
“They are now two angels born to teach a great lesson at the expense of their own lives,” wrote Zimmerman in an emotional tribute to their daughters.
She also called the alleged acts of her former partner “the most monstrous act that a person can commit”.
The devastated mother said she accepted that Anna was also dead when she thanked the people who spread their desperate messages and prayed.
Zimmerman added, “But that couldn’t happen because Tomas wanted me to look for them without rest and for the rest of my life. That was the reason why he let me live. “
Gimeno was gone after warning his ex that she would never see their girls again after starting a new relationship with a wealthy new partner, an older Belgian man named Eric Domb, the Sun reported.
He is said to have beaten the 60-year-old man before kidnapping the girls.
Judge Priscila Espinosa Guterriez said evidence showed the father had no intention of “snatching her away from her mother and taking her to an unknown location.”
Instead, the judge wrote, he intended to “kill her systematically and deliberately in order to inflict inhuman pain on his ex-partner.”
Guterriez added: “He purportedly tried to create uncertainty about the fate of his daughters by hiding their bodies on the ocean floor after they were killed and by locating a place deep underwater and far from shore where he thought they were would never be found.
“All of this happened after he told his ex-partner and close circle that he was going to disappear with the girls and that they would not be seen,” she wrote, the Sun reported.
On Friday, court officials announced that Olivia had died of pulmonary edema, a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs.
Her father was caught in a surveillance video carrying bags from his Audi A3 to his boat in a Santa Cruz marina. The empty boat was discovered without anchor off Puertito de Guimar, about 10 miles south of Santa Cruz, hours after he and the children disappeared.
Opened drug packages with sedatives and muscle relaxants were discovered in Gimeno’s house, the sales point reported, citing the Catalan newspaper El Periodico.
Santa Cruz Mayor Jose Manuel Bermudez said after the gruesome discovery of Olivia’s body: “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,” he said.
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez was among the celebrities who shared a video of Olivia and Anna posted by their mother as part of a massive social media campaign asking for help on them to find.
“I want to use my reach in this great social network to reach as many people as possible,” wrote Rodriguez to her 24 million followers on Instagram.
“They are two sisters who are being sought in Spain and abroad. Their names are Olivia and Anna and they are six and one, ”she wrote.
“Your mom is aiming for maximum publicity for this video in order to find her and get her home as soon as possible,” added Rodriguez.
“I hope with all my heart that the girls will be found safe and sound and that they will soon be able to hug their mom again.”