Missing girl's body found in Galicia after arrested man confesses

Media outside the unit in Rianxo where the body was found.
Media outside the unit in Rianxo where the body was found. / EFE
  • Eighteen-year-old Diana Quer went missing in August 2016, causing huge public interest and media speculation

The body of Diana Quer, the 18-year-old from Madrid who went missing on a family holiday in Galicia in August 2016, was found at last early on New Year's Eve.

Despite a huge high-profile police search since her disappearance, on her way back from a fair in the seaside village of A Pobra do Caramiñal, only her water-damaged mobile phone, recovered by a fisherman several kilometres away, had been found. The case has been subject to intense media speculation ever since.

In a fast-moving series of events since Christmas, a man from Rianxo, a village some twenty kilometres from A Pobra, was arrested in connection with the attempted abduction of a young woman early on Christmas Day. The victim was able to give a good description.

Guardia Civil said this week that they had made the link quickly between the alleged Christmas attack and the main suspect in the disappearance of Diana Quer.

José Enrique Abuín Gey, 41, and his wife were then arrested and quizzed over both alleged crimes.

Abuín's wife was later released after admitting that she had originally lied to investigators by saying that her husband, known by the nickname El Chicle, was with her the night Diana Quer disappeared. It also later emerged that members of their family, who are reported to be linked to drugs gangs in Galicia, had given Abuín a false alibi as well for the same date in August 2016.

The suspect eventually led investigators early on December 31st to a disused industrial unit near his parents' home where Diana's body was found in a water tank. Abuín claimed to police he accidentally killed her in a road accident but remained silent when appearing in court.