The baby found headless on a Spanish beach had died in a migrant boat tragedy in April that also claimed the lives of her parents, police say.
- The boy, originally thought to be two or three years old, was found a week ago.
- Spanish police confirmed today that it was an eight-month-old baby who died on a migrant boat that capsized off the Balearic Islands.
The baby whose headless and decomposed body was found on a Spanish beach a week ago has died after a tragedy on a migrant boat in April in which her parents also lost their lives, police have revealed.
Initial reports put the young man’s age at between two and three years after the grim discovery on the beach in the town of Roda de Bera, on the Costa Dorada, on July 11.
It later emerged after tests that she was a girl and around six months old when she died.
Spanish police confirmed today that the girl had been identified and said she was an eight-month-old baby who died on a migrant boat that capsized near the Balearic Islands on April 6 in a tragedy in which 15 people, including her parents, , They lost their lives.
The Civil Guard said the rickety wooden boat, called a patera in Spanish, had left Cherchel in Algeria on March 21 and had been at sea for 17 days when the tragedy struck.
In the image, the police investigate the discovery of the body of a ‘headless’ child on a beach on the Costa Dorada.
Eight bodies were recovered, including that of the girl.
Confirmation of the young woman’s identity came through DNA tests that showed a match to her mother.
Roda de Bera mayor Pere Virgili said after the grim discovery on Tuesday morning that the boy may have been on a migrant ship that sank in the Mediterranean.
In a dramatic reference to the huge number of migrants who have died or disappeared and are feared to be dead after attempting the perilous journey to Europe on vessels that included rickety and overcrowded wooden boats, he said: “The hypothesis that the body of this baby is another of this Mare Mortum off our beaches is on the table.’
He said the clothing the baby was wearing, which included a jacket, did not suggest that she had drowned in a typical beach accident.
The remains of the young man were found in the coastal town of Roda de Berà, on the east coast of the province of Tarragona.
A town hall cleaner made the grim discovery and alerted his bosses, who called the police.
Agents of the Civil Guard cordoned off the area and transferred residents and vacationers to other areas of the sandbank before an investigating judge authorized the removal of the body.
It later emerged that the decomposed body had washed up on the beach the day before, but had been ignored by passers-by and had been mistaken for a doll.
Roda de Bera is located 25 minutes drive north of the city of Tarragona, on the east coast of Spain. Barcelona is just over an hour’s drive to the north.
The town, known for its Roman arch, was mainly dedicated exclusively to agriculture until the second half of the 20th century when it became an important tourist spot on the Costa Dorada.
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