WITH the disappearance of 20-year-old Orihuela Costa resident Henry Alejandro Jiménez Marín still unresolved, two people have now been arrested for trying to con Henry’s mother out of €2,000 in exchange for her missing son.
Criminal police investigators from the Guardia Civil of Pilar de la Horadada have arrested a 49-year-old Spaniard and a Colombian woman, aged 23, in Torrevieja, as the alleged perpetrators of a crime of fraud and embezzlement.
Shortly after the youngster’s disappearance on New Year’s Day, Henry’s mother began to receive telephone calls from a woman, with the same nationality as herself, demanding the payment of €2,000 if she wanted to see her son again.
The calls were always made from a hidden number so that they couldn’t be easily traced.
The Guardia Civil immediately began to distrust the authenticity of the information given and set about tracing the call.
Nevertheless, Henry’s mother still went ahead and arranged to meet the con-woman to carry out the exchange on two separate occasions in the hope that there existed a shred of truth to the woman’s claims.
However, both times, the caller didn’t turn up, and the Guardia Civil continued with their investigations.
After several weeks, they eventually managed to analyse the telephone connections and were able to identify where the calls had been made.
With this information, the Guardia Civil were then able to arrest the owner of the telephone line, the 49-year-old Spaniard, together with the younger Colombian woman.
After giving their statements to the Guardia Civil and an Orihuela judge, the pair have both been released, with charges. The Colombian has had her passport confiscated and is not allowed to leave the country.