Palencia: Families of Aguilar girls demand more investigations into two suspects

Virginia Guerrero and Manuela Torres. / The North

They are asking the court to accept their claims made in March when it found the investigation into the 1992 disappearances “inadequate”.

Ricardo Sanchez Rico

The Legal Criminology Service B&CH, which represents the families of the Aguilar de Campo girls who disappeared on April 23, 1992, forwarded on March 29 to Court No. 2 of Cervera de Pisuerga the allegations arising from the investigation that led to the Civil Guard during the nearly six months of reduced secrecy surrounding the reopening of the Virginia Guerrero and Manuela Torres disappearance case. Along with the charges, they are asking the court to allow a series of procedures they consider “of great interest” to move the case forward. After more than two months in this regard, the legal criminology service B&CH is demanding that the court rule on the matter because, according to it, “the entire investigation that has been carried out so far is insufficient”. An investigation that established two lines called A and B with two suspects.

Thirty years after the disappearance of the Aguilar girls: all unknowns in the case

Line A refers to the statement made to the Civil Guard by a woman who, in 1991, and also with a friend, both minors at the time, got into a white Seat 127 in the area of ​​influence of the disappearance of the two girls from Aguilar and who assures that the young man who stopped them when they were waiting for a taxi to go back home and offered to take them in his car was diverted from the destination and she had to take the wheel to deviate to the dig and be able to abandon the vehicle by running away. That statement was key to the June 21, 2021, reopening of the case involving the two Aguilar girls.

“With the information provided in the complaint lodged by the woman, it was possible to establish the identity of the man, proving that between 21 May 1990 and 31 March 1996 he owned a Seat 127 car. Once the person was identified, an identification through a photomontage composition with images of five men with similar physical characteristics by the woman, who she undoubtedly recognized as the perpetrator of the incident that is the subject of the complaint,” says the BIC office. .

“For this man, his police and court records have been checked. From these records, there is evidence that he was the subject of four arrests for attempted sexual assault. Similarly, the report confirms that the Seat 127 vehicle he owned was de-registered by Traffic on 23 September 2003. Investigation shows that as it had another owner dated after the events giving rise to these proceedings, ‘it is not considered it is appropriate to carry out further actions to locate the vehicle, given that any technical actions to search for evidence or indications that could be carried out would not give a positive result”, added the representatives of the families.

“This part does not share it, since until now and, except for the testimony of the man, made at the headquarters of the organic department of the judicial police of the Civil Guard on February 10, 2022, where he indicates that his first car was a Seat 127 dark brown, the investigation was unable to determine whether the vehicle was indeed this color; i.e., the investigation in no way indicates the color of the car which apparently, according to the woman’s testimony, was involved in the events and which she herself indicates as a light beige Seat 127. That is why this country cannot but regret that this extreme is not was verified by the investigators after they gave absolute credibility on their part to the complaint filed by the woman and that this is the reason for reopening this proceeding,” they explain.

“Similarly, and given that we do not know whether the vehicle in question still exists or, on the contrary, is scrapped, the clarification and verification of this same point by the investigators is lacking, since we do not know the purpose it had after the expropriation of the same by the person of its subsequent owner and whether, depending on the purpose given to it, it would be possible to carry out a police technical inspection at the moment,” they add.

Traveling to the US without a valid passport and the fleeting greeting in a nightclub

Line B of the Civil Guard investigation is targeting another suspect, who the B&CH office regrets that investigators do not have or possess a photo of him that may be close to 1992, “especially when on his current social networks, you can openly to see his photos from that time». “Furthermore, given that it is an adult as of that date, photographs of the same related to the issuance of their DNI must necessarily be submitted,” they added.

“If these photographs had been available at the interview conducted by the investigators in the final phase of the investigation with another witness, they could have been shown to him so that he could determine, if possible, whether he matched ‘this young man.’ between 20 and 25 years old »whom he identified as the driver of a white Seat 127 car in his evidence of 18 April 1993 and 14 March 1995. This photographic identification effort is necessary or at least should be attempted», they add

“In the declassified interview with this other person, he mentioned that in 1992 he lived in Reynosa. As for the vehicle, he states that in 1992, for 5 or 6 months, he worked at a friend’s parents’ inn and may even have left him a Seat Fura (127) to use occasionally . We omit the fact that neither the instructor nor the declarant refers to the events in which the car in his possession was involved and which were collected from April 26, 1993 in the proceedings of the Civil Guard, where it is stated that at the same time, without “Relevant to this proceeding, attempts are being made in Reynosa to forcibly introduce girls of a similar age to those who disappeared into vehicles,” they state.

“Investigators indicate, citing new testimony given during the declassification of the summary, that in August 1992 this person left for the United States.” After verifying this point, it is concluded that he did not know that he had a valid passport in 1992. In this regard, he states that he moved to study English for a full school year, which was his mother’s initiative and that she she was responsible for all the formalities. The trip was organized through a travel agency and the passport was picked up in Santander,” they say.

“In his only summary police note dated March 18, 1995, he states that he knew absolutely nothing about the Aguilar minors. In this testimony, he completely contradicts the statement he makes thirty years later to the investigators, since in the interview conducted in 2022, he states that on the day of the disappearance he was introduced by a friend, about whom he does not remember any information of the two girls at the disco, but it was a quick act and he didn’t see them again,” concluded representatives of the families.

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