Missing father and daughters update: CCTV footage of father leaving port in boat
The mother of the two girls who are being sought in Tenerife since yesterday, reported to the Guardia Civil that her ex-partner called her to tell her that she was not going to see them again, nor him, sources of the investigation have conformed to the Efe news agency.
The sources have indicated that the father of the two girls, aged one and six years old, took them at 5:00pm on Tuesday and should have returned them that same day at 9:00pm.
Later, according to the same sources, the mother, only named as Beatriz Z., received a call from her ex-partner, Tomás Antonio GC, and immediately filed a complaint (denuncia) for their disappearance. The case has been classified as high-risk and, at this time, it is being investigated as a potential parental kidnapping.
This afternoon it has been revealed that images captured by the CCTV of the Puerto Deportivo Marina Tenerife, have revealed that Tomás set sail after midnight aboard his boat, which appeared empty yesterday drifting in front of the Puertito de Güímar.
In statements to 'Radio Club Tenerife', the captain of the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Enrique Alonso, has confirmed that the father of the girls, left the Puerto Deportivo up to three times, and finally left in his boat at around half past midnight on Tuesday night.
As the cameras were able to capture, Tomás Gimeno arrived by car at 9:30pm and parked it in front of his berth and unloaded a series of bags into his boat; However, the guard who was working the night shift, who says he saw him from the front, never spotted the girls, nor did the cameras reveal if they were with him.
As Enrique Alonso recounts, the father of the little girls made three trips with bags, suitcases and clothes to his boat, then around 9:50pm he left the Marina again and returned at around 11:30pm, apparently needing to buy a charger from a nearby gas station, then re-entering the port.
At 00:30h, Tomás Gimeno finally left the port in his boat, a six metre long speed boat which only has a small cabin. Currently, members of the Judicial Police of the Guardia Civil are forensically inspecting the boat in search of any clue.
The Guardia Civil report that found a child seat for a pushchair (the popular maxi cosi brand) floating in the sea near the area where boat belonging to Tomás Gimeno was found this morning by Guimar. It has not officially confirmed yet whether or not the seat is related to the case.
The Guardia Civil are requesting that anyone that may have any information regarding the ongoing search for the three missing family members, contact the telephone number 116000 of the Foundation for Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk (ANAR), as well as 642 650 775 and 649 952 957 and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also call the Guardia Civil direct on 062, 091 or 112.