An autopsy report has confirmed that the Tenerife father who abducted and threw his two daughters from a boat into the Atlantic Ocean to get back at his ex-wife had suffocated them beforehand.
The incident took place at sea off the coast of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, in Spain, when Tomas Gimeno Casanas, 37, murdered his two young girls, Olivia Gimeno Zimmermann, 6, and Anna Gimeno Zimmermann, 14 months old.
He reportedly threw them into the Atlantic because he did not want their bodies to ever be found, after having carried out the act to get back at his ex-wife, who has been named as Beatriz Zimmermann.
He then allegedly killed himself in the boat from which he had thrown the bodies of his daughters, in approximately the same location, after having first returned to port to buy cigarettes and to charge his mobile phone. His body and that of his eldest daughter Olivia were eventually found. Anna’s body was never found.
Now, an autopsy report has confirmed that he suffocated the children before throwing their bodies into the Atlantic. The report also confirmed that they were not given any drugs prior to their deaths.
The report determined that Olivia, the eldest of the sisters, the only one whose body was retrieved from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean on 10th June, suffered a death compatible with “mechanical suffocation due to strangulation”, which caused an acute pulmonary oedema that claimed her life.
Her body was retrieved from a depth of approximately 1,000 metres (3,281 feet) by a research vessel called the Angeles Alvarino that had a sonar and an underwater robot. Olivia’s body was found weighed down with an anchor and wrapped in a sports bag, some three miles out to sea.
The investigation by forensic experts puts the time of the death of the girls between 7.54pm and 9pm on the night of 27th April 2021, at their father’s home in Candelaria, a municipality in the eastern part of the island of Tenerife.