17-year-old Rocío lost track on the night of June 2-3. He had gotten into a taxi in Martín de la Jara (Seville, 2,704 inhabitants) to go to Estepa (12,505 inhabitants), 25 kilometers away, to the house of Adrián, 23 years old and father of his four-month-old son. He went to collect a baby carriage, clothes and the rest of his belongings. He got out of the vehicle and his trace disappeared when he entered the house. Until the afternoon of this Thursday, when her ex-partner went to the Civil Guard headquarters to confess that he had killed her and then dismembered her. He explained that he had distributed the body to containers and fields around the town. The man has been arrested and the remains of the young woman have already been located, as confirmed by the Sub-delegation of the Government of Seville.
Since the disappearance was reported, the Civil Guard always suspected Adrián. The agents recently discovered that he had acquired an electric saw, according to the Efe agency, and that Rocío’s mobile phone did not register any displacement after arriving at the young man’s house. Since then, they have kept a follow-up in the background, days in which the murderer walked through the media proclaiming his innocence and ensuring that she had gone to Badajoz with another man.
On Wednesday morning he was called to testify at the barracks as a witness. A day later, in the afternoon, he turned himself in to the Local Police of Herrera (also Seville municipality) and was transferred to the Civil Guard offices accompanied by a lawyer. He confessed to having killed the girl with a knife —that he threw into a container, but has not yet been found—, that he had dismembered her and that he had distributed the body in plastic bags that he hid in different places. This morning an autopsy was performed at the Forensic Anatomical Institute to confirm that it is Rocío’s body.
Adrián and Rocío began their relationship when she was 11 years old and he was 16. Some time later, they went to live together. “They have been living together for several years,” says Brenda Ríos, a friend of the girl. Four months ago they were parents, but at that time they had fought and the youngest went to live with her family in Martín de la Jara. Until on June 2, she went to collect her things and her ex-partner killed her. “My daughter did not want to go to that house,” said the mother of the minor days ago, while explaining that it was the ex-boyfriend who “sent a taxi” for the girl to travel from Martín de la Jara to Estepa.
Brenda Ríos, the friend of the victim of sexist violence, affirms that the initial idea was for the young woman to be accompanied by her mother, “but he had told her that she had to go alone or she would harm her family.” Ríos says that he had lost a lot of contact with Rocío since she started dating Adrián. She claims that he had forced her to change her phone and delete all her contacts, except for her and her family’s. He also remembers that one day the girl appeared with a broken nose. She said that she had fallen, but over time she confessed to her relatives that her partner had assaulted her, she explains. Official sources confirm that the confessed murderer had no history of mistreatment and there is no evidence that his victim had filed any complaint, as the majority (around 80%) of those killed by their partners or ex-partners do not.
A device of a score of Civil Guard agents has cordoned off Erillas Blancas Street, where Adrián lived, since early this morning on Friday. The researchers have carried out the search of the house, as they had done days before, and have taken different samples. Shortly after one in the afternoon, a patrol arrived at the home with the young man to proceed with the reconstruction of the events. Dozens of neighbors were waiting for him under the sun to reprimand him and shout “murderer.” “All my rejection and condemnation for the murder of Rocío, and my deep regret to her loved ones. Machismo and unreason continue to cause tremendous pain in society ”, stated the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, On twitter.
The Martín de la Jara City Council has decreed three days of official mourning, which have also been joined from Estepa. “We deeply condemn this act of barbarism and want to express our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” explained Martín de la Jara’s corporation in a statement on social networks. Many of her neighbors gathered last night in the Plaza de la Constitución, where Rocío’s family lives, who have an older sister and a younger sister. “We were there until four in the morning. No one could sleep, this has never been experienced in the town, ”says Antonio Sánchez, who lives very close to the victim’s residence. He and many other residents have accompanied Rocío’s relatives to the funeral home in a broken town.
The investigations are in charge of the Court of First Instance and Instruction 1 of Estepa, which could decree the secrecy of summary. The detainee is expected to go to court between this Friday and Saturday, once the proceedings are finished.
A total of 19 women have been killed by gender violence so far in 2021, including the latest cases in Ibiza and this one in Estepa, which have not yet been confirmed by the Government Delegation. Eleven of these deaths occurred in the past month of May.
The 016 phone serves victims of sexist violence 24 hours a day and in 51 languages. It leaves no trace on the bill, but it must be deleted from the call log. Minors can also go to the ANAR Foundation telephone number 900 20 20 10 and citizens witnesses of any aggression, to 112.