The families of the girls from Aguilar de Campo (Palencia) Virginia Guerrero and Manuela Torres disappeared 30 years ago, have appealed the investigation file before Constitutional Court to find out what happened to the two minors aged 14 and 13 who went to Reynosa (Cantabria) and never returned home.
Following the decision of the Provincial Court of Palencia to confirm the order of the Court of Cervera de Pisuerga (Palencia), which agreed to open the case to find out what happened to Virginia Guerrero and Manuela Torres, the legal representation of the two families He filed an amparo appeal before the Constitutional Court.
The aim is determine whether there has been a violation of fundamental rights in the decision of the provincial court that finally filed the case, the spokesman for the families, Ramon Chipiras, explained to EFE.
“We believe that fundamental rights have been violated. The fundamental right to effective judicial protection has been violated,” added lawyer Carmen Balfagon in statements to EFE, who is asking the Constitutional Court to take into account the problems that exist in Spain with missing persons and “legal loopholes” which exist especially in the case of missing minors.
“We believe that the Constitutional will recognize the cause”confirmed the lawyer, thus appealing to the cases of missing persons to have a constitutional protection that currently does not exist and recalling that there are currently more than 5,000 active complaints of missing minors in Spain.
Specifically, he points to the fact that the Constitutional Court has never ruled on missing persons and the need for justice to continue until all cases are resolved.
In the particular case of Manuela and Virginia, the appeal is based on the fact that during the the investigation was reopened in 2021 following a new line of inquirynone of the proceedings brought by the families’ representation were admitted and in the “errors” which the lawyers said contained the judgment of the District Court.
As an example, they give the request of the Fontoria mine (a magnesite mine in Cantabria, where it was searched in 1992 after two anonymous calls to the Civil Guard) and the Cervatos cave (a place near Reinosa, ideal for hiding corpses according to the investigation itself) to search for biological remains of the girls using techniques and resources that exist now that did not exist when it was done after their disappearance in 1992.
Also, remember that recourse to the Constitutional Court opens the way to Strasbourg in case it was not successful in the constitution, recalling that Spain adheres to the UN agreement to search for missing persons.
For this reason, he insisted that legal representation will continue to explore the avenues available to him in the face of what he sees as the clear defenselessness of Virginia and Manuela’s families, and that they will not stop until they find out what happened on the girls.
“Our intention is to continue. If we don’t have an answer in Spain, we will go to Strasbourg,” Carmen Balfagon warned.
Manuela Guerrero and Virginia Torres disappeared on April 24, 1992, when they decided to hitchhike to return to Aguilar de Campo (Palencia) from Reynosa, where they had gone to spend the afternoon.
The girls were last known to have spent the afternoon in Reynosa, going to a disco and a park, and were seen hitchhiking and getting into a white or cream Seat 127.
In May 2021, the investigations were reopened as a result of the testimony of a woman in a television program and a year later the Court agreed to the temporary suspension of the proceedings, assuring that “there is no known perpetrator in the execution of the events subject of the complaint”.
Lawyers for the families appealed the dismissal order, and this September the Court upheld the final filing.