Body of girl snatched by father found off Spanish island

Madrid: The body of a six-year-old girl has been found in off Tenerife island six weeks after she and her sister were snatched by their father in a discovery that has shocked Spain.

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Olivia and her one-year-old sister Anna were reported missing in the Canary Islands on April 27 after their father made a phone call “with a farewell tone” to his estranged wife, a spokesman for the Guardia Civil police told AFP.

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The following day, a boat belonging to the father and a baby car seat were found floating in the waters off the island of Tenerife.

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On Thursday evening, search teams found a child’s body on the seabed which was later identified as the six-year-old, a spokesman said.

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Media reports said the body was found at a depth of 1,000 metres inside a bag that had been weighed down by an anchor.

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Investigators are still searching for the toddler Anna and her father.

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“I cannot imagine the pain of the mother of Anna and Olivia who disappeared in Tenerife following this horrendous news,” wrote Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Twitter.

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Equality Minister Irene Montero added: “This violence against women who are mothers, which hits them where it hurts most, is a priority for the government.”

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Official figures show that 39 minors have been killed by their fathers or by their mothers’ partners, or ex-partners, since 2013.

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Several feminist groups have organised demonstrations in various Spanish cities on Friday night to denounce the crime.

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