This Thursday (10/06), the body of 6-year-old Olivia Kimeno Zimmerman was found by a search team at a depth of 1,000 meters off the coast of Tenerife.
The 1-year-old girl, sister and brother went missing on April 27, the same day their father, Thomas Kimeno, 37, was about to hand them over to his ex-wife, Beatrice Zimmerman, after spending the afternoon with them.
He never sent the girls back, but Beatrice and the authorities believed they were alive. The discovery of Olivia’s body is a blow.
“I can not imagine the pain of the missing brother and Olivia’s mother in Tenerife, considering the terrible news we’m hearing now,” said Sanchez, head of the Spanish government.
Authorities are still searching for Olivia and her father.
On the afternoon of April 27, Kimeno took his two daughters to dinner, police said.
First, he took Anna to his ex-wife’s house. He later caught up with Olivia during a school activity in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
He traveled to the municipality of Iguesto de Candelaria with two little girls, as explained by the Civil Guard and local authorities.
Later, on the night of the same date, Kimeno was spotted aboard the Marina de la Cruz de Tenerife. Security cameras recorded his presence, but the man was not seen with the girls.
However, Kimeno made two trips in his car to carry six suitcases on a boat that sank in the marina north of the city.
At trial he made two trips on the boat.
First, the Civil Guard approached Kimeno and warned him of violating the curfew order, which was then in effect in Tenerife due to the Conid-19 epidemic.
When he returned to the dry land two hours later, he was without the bags he had on the boat and spent some time charging his cellphone.
It is known that the person had several phone conversations with Beatrice. In one of them, the woman said she would never see the girls or him again.
After midnight he got out of the boat again and never came back.
Kimeno’s boat was aboard and was not found the next day near Puerto Rico, south of Tenerife.
Since then, a search has been launched by the Civil Guard and local authorities, affiliated with the Spanish Oceanographic Institute, with the ship Angels Alvarino, specializing in underwater searches.
Tracked by a robot with geolocation data from Kimeno’s cell phone.
On June 7, a bottle of compressed air and a kimono duvet were found, giving evidence of the discovery of the girls and their father.
After further tracing operations, authorities announced Thursday that they had found a body at a depth of 1,000 meters, after which they confirmed Olivia.
The little girl was in a suitcase, tied with the lost anchor of her father’s ship.
Beatrice posted a post about the case on her social media a few days ago. She said the recent findings of items such as air bottles were an attempt by her ex-husband to disrupt the investigation.
“I’m more positive than before because I think it’s an act,” he said in an audio broadcast of the Spanish newspaper this week. He said that if Kimeno had committed such “extreme madness” as attacking his own daughters, he would have done it “very quickly and easily”.
He did not comment further after the body was found Thursday.
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