Fears are growing for the safety of an eight-year-old boy who disappeared on the 100-metre walk from his grandmother's house to his cousin's home in Níjar near Almeria on Tuesday last week.
A child's white vest found close to the local wastewater treatment plant has tested positive for the DNA of Gabriel Cruz Ramírez.
Family and friends say that the eight-year-old knew the short walk very well in the hamlet of Hortichuelas, in Níjar, near Almeria, and is unlikely to have become disorientated, leading them to fear the worst.
Speaking on Thursday morning, the boy's father said: “My son hasn't got lost, somebody has taken him.”
Some 200 volunteers have been searching the area every day since the disappearance but police and emergency workers said on Thursday that they were still no closer to working out what has happened to Gabriel. They said that so far nobody has been in touch with them or the family to ask for a ransom.
The boy is described as weighing 23 kilos, of slight build and wearing black Adidas trousers with white stripes and a red hooded jacket.