On February 17, 2021, the 3-year-old boy disappeared in the Caripilun sector, in southern Chile.
Cristián Torresfrom Santiago, Chile
The child's death is waiting to be resolved through various proceedings that are underway. REUTERS/Jose Luis Saavedra
Impact continues to be caused in Chile by the unsolved crime of Tomás Bravo, a three-year-old minor who was lost for nine days and was later found dead .
The case dates back to February 17, 2021 when the minor disappearedin the Caripilun sector, in the commune of Arauco, located in southern Chile. The boy was with his great-uncle, Jorge Escobar, to look for some animals in a field.
According to Escobar, that day “I went out with him to look for calves and cows and in That's why we walked the field between the two of us, me with him, hand in hand. And then I had to drive the cows over here and I left him standing in one part, and in that part I went downstairs and then when I came back I didn't find him”.
This caused an unprecedented operation to go after the search for Tomás Bravo. A camp with search specialists was set up, the community turned to go after the minor, but none of this worked. On February 26, Tomás Bravo was found dead in a ditch on the Raqui River, and prosecutor José Ortiz slipped the theory that his death was not accidental because “the manner of discovery clearly involves the intervention of third parties.”
< p class="paragraph">Quickly the eyes pointed against Escobar who was arrested. The case would take an unprecedented turn in March 2021 when he was released because there were no “incriminating elements or evidence that had been collected or found on the defendant's clothing, inside his vehicle or at his home that could link him.” p>
His release caused the case to fall into a spiral of theories, investigations and procedures that are not yet finished. On October 14, a court added three more months to the investigation pending the results of proceedings commissioned abroad, such as an expert opinion of tests with genetic material at the University of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. This is the third time that the investigation has been extended.
Criticisms of the family
The case of little Tomás Bravo is still under investigation without a culprit having been found.
Tomás Bravo's grandmother, Elisa Martínez, spoke with the CanalPais.com media outlet and stated that “in these three months we hope that the results of all the tests, which are being carried out in other places such as Spain, will be ready, and thus have conclusive answers. ”.
Martínez was critical of the work of the Chilean prosecutor's office because “we noticed negligence and many errors, they have transformed this case into something complex because almost two years later we still have no answers” , so that “once and for all we know the truth and find the culprits to do justice for Tomasito”.
The lack of justice and a clear idea of what happened to Tomás Bravo awakens in the family a feeling of desperation and anguish. “We are desperate, it is an anguish that grows more day by day and without answers it is worse. We need concrete and transparent answers, conclusive scientific evidence, which is not due to hypotheses, statistics or because they thought so.”
Finally, Tomás's family stated that “we need that look for the truth and not what they do, which is looking to blame someone to close the case. We will not accept that.”