Search Operation For Missing Girls And Their Father In Tenerife Discovers Baby Chair In Sea.
A MARITIME search team has reported finding a baby chair floating in the sea close to the area where the boat thought to contain a father and his two girls went missing from Tenerife on Tuesday, April 27.
The mother of the missing girls reported that her ex-partner told her that she would never see them again.
A massive search and rescue operation is still underway for the two girls who police say were kidnapped by their dad after leaving their mum a goodbye note. Tomas Antonio Gimeno, 37, disappeared with children Olivia, six, and one-year-old Anna on a boat from Tenerife after leaving Santa Cruz on Tuesday night.
The boat he is believed to have taken out to sea with the children was found on Thursday with no-one on board off Puertito de Guimar, just over 10 miles south of Santa Cruz – it was discovered adrift by coastguards and was towed to dry land.
Today police were in a race against time to find the missing trio after it emerged Tomas had left the children’s mum a goodbye note. Police sources have described the case as “high risk.”
The girls’ dad is said to have sent WhatsApp messages to their mum, who he separated from some time ago, saying he intended to take them without consent. One local paper, quoting sources close to the case, said: “The messages the dad sent are undoubtedly farewell messages.”
A security guard said he watched the father take suitcases and bags of clothes out of his vehicle and load them onto the boat, according to a report from the port captain of Marina Tenerife, Enrique Alonso.
Source: 20 minutes