Monday, 12 March 2018

Missing Spanish boy Gabriel Cruz found dead in car boot, officials in Spain say

The body of a missing boy has been found in the boot of a car being driven by his father's partner, officials in Spain say.

Eight-year-old Gabriel Cruz's disappearance in the southern province of Almeria in late February captured the nation's attention.

After a missing person's alert went viral, a search involving over 4,000 police and volunteers was launched.

Police have arrested the father's partner, who they had pulled over.

"This morning, the Civil Guard stopped the companion of Gabriel's father while she was transporting the little boy's corpse in the boot of a car," Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said, according to the AFP news agency.
Gabriel was last seen on 27 February when he left his grandmother's house in the village of Las Hortichuelas in the municipality of Níjar.

He was supposed to go over to a neighbour's for a play date, but he never returned.

On 3 March, the boy's father Angel Cruz and his now arrested partner, Ana Julia Quezada, found a T-shirt with his DNA 10 km (6 miles) from Nijar.

Spanish media report that the police have been monitoring 43-year-old Ms Quezada, who is originally from the Dominican Republic, since then.

A photo dated 9 March 2018 of Angel Cruz (left), father of missing boy Gabriel Cruz, and his girlfriend Ana Julia Quezada (right) during a rally in Almeria, southern Spain (issued 11 March 2018

At a rally attended by thousands of supporters on Friday, Gabriel's mother and father said they had "more hope than ever" of finding their son. An image of a blue fish - inspired by Gabriel's love of the sea - was shared on social media with the hashtag #TodosSomosGabriel, meaning "we are all Gabriel".

BBC     News.