Missing Spanish boy: Gabriel Cruz ‘strangled’ on the day he went missing.
An eight-year-old boy, whose disappearance received nationwide attention in Spain, was strangled on the exact same day that he went missing, local media quote an autopsy as saying.
The body of a Gabriel Cruz was discovered in the boot of a vehicle being driven by his father’s partner on Sunday.
Ana Julia Quezada, 43, has been detained. She had frequently appeared at rallies to find the boy.
Gabriel went missing in the southern province of Almeria on 27 February.
Following a missing person’s alert went viral, a search involving over 4,000 volunteers and police was launched.
On Monday, investigators took Ms Quezada to key locations in their inquiry.
She is alleged to have hidden the boy’s body at a family property in the village of Rodalquilar but was caught by authorities trying to move it elsewhere.
In video footage of her arrest, she’s heard to shout: “It was not me! I collected the car this morning!”
Meanwhile, police are reviewing the former case of a child who died in her care.
On Monday, Gabriel’s mother, Patricia Ramirez, appealed for calm in a radio interview.
She said she had always suspected Ms Quezada was behind her son’s disappearance, but justice should be allowed to take its own course, denouncing messages of hate directed at the suspect.