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Still no trace can be found of missing Romanian mother-of-one, two months after she went missing

Guardia Civil officers at the house in Arenas where Dana Leonte lives with Sergio Ruíz.
Guardia Civil officers at the house in Arenas where Dana Leonte lives with Sergio Ruíz. / SUR
  • The woman's brother believes her partner is behind the disappearance but he insists she has returned to Romania because of debts

Two months after the disappearance of Dana Leonte from the home she shares with her partner, Sergio Ruiz, in the village of Arenas in the Axarquía, a police investigation has failed to lead to information as to her whereabouts.

Leonte, 31, who moved to Spain from Romania 14 years ago and has a nine-month-old baby with Ruíz, disappeared in June and has had no contact with either Ruiz or her brother, Florin Leonte, who also lives in the Axarquía.

Dana is known to have been "very overwhelmed" having accumulated around 50,000 euros of debt and is believed to have been receiving threats from her money lenders.

However, officers investigating her disappearance are not ruling anything out and members of both Leonte and Ruiz's families have reported that the couple's relationship had had "a number of ups and downs" in the two years they have been together. On one occasion Leonte had reported Ruiz to police for alleged domestic violence; a case which was later shelved by the courts in Vélez-Málaga.

Ruiz has told SUR that he is "very calm" and has maintained since Leonte's disappearance that she has gone back to Romania by bus as she was "being threatened" by money lenders. Yet her brother has claimed from the beginning that his sister "would never abandon her daughter" and that he is "99 per cent convinced that [Ruiz] has something to do with her disappearance".

Ruiz has pointed out to SUR that he has been called in to "give statements to the police as a witness" but has "never been detained".