Updated 26 June: The Courts have today ordered a stay of proceedings in the case of Amy Gerard, the Loro Parque trainer who died in Puerto de la Cruz last December. Her boyfriend, against whom there were suspicions, was cleared after he appeared in Court to give testimony, with the Court ruling that after its investigations over the past six months, there is no evidence pointing to a violent death. Amy’s injuries have therefore been judged as compatible with her falling into the sea and the tide carrying her against the rocks. The case is therefore closed unless any further evidence should appear in the future to contradict today’s Court findings which are that there is no reason for the investigation to be continued.
Updated 16 April 2019: The La Orotava Court responsible for domestic violence cases has lifted its secrecy order in the case of Amy Gerard, the Loro Parque trainer who disappeared in Puerto de la Cruz at the end of November and whose body was sadly found in early December. In the process, the Court has revealed that the investigation which it has been conducting has discovered indications of an involvement of the boyfriend, who has now been summoned to appear in Court to give evidence in coming weeks.
Updated 17 December 2018: Tragically, police say that as suspected with clarity, DNA tests have now confirmed absolutely that the body found in the sea in Puerto de la Cruz was that of Amy Gerard. Police called off the search a couple of weeks ago because they were certain they had Amy, but now it is beyond any doubt.
Updated 6 December: Police have said that the autopsy has failed to provide conclusive evidence of how Amy died, and that their investigation remains open. They are convinced they have Amy though the DNA tests will take a few more days for final confirmation of her identity, but at this point they say that their investigation into her death will need to be determined by investigation rather than forensically.
Updated 5 December: Police say that they are presently piecing together Amy Gerard’s last hours after her body was found yesterday morning in the sea at Puerto de la Cruz (see HERE). They have confirmed that the search for Amy has been called off, and are clear that the body is hers with final confirmation now only awaiting technical DNA analysis, though this could take a few days. Although speculation about what might have happened to her is rife on social media, police say they are focusing on events after she left the bar in which she had spent the evening with her boyfriend and several others before leaving on her own. At present, therefore, they have no closed ideas but a general framework for the investigation which is being undertaken by the Unidad de Delincuencia Especializada y Violenta (UDEV).
Updated 3 December: Emergency services say that a GES search and rescue helicopter has joined the effort to find Amy, who went missing in Puerto de la Cruz on Thursday night. Anyone with any information is urged to call the Policía Nacional (phone 091 or 922 376 820.), or emergency services on 112.
Updated 2 December: The search continues today for Amy, with local friends and helpers joining forces with police and missing persons organizations including SOSDesaparecidos Canarias and the Lucy Blackman Trust. The Consulate is assisting Amy’s family who have also just arrived to search for her in person. Amy was last seen between midnight and 1am outside Molly Malone’s bar in Puerto de la Cruz on Thursday night. If anyone knows anything about her whereabouts please contact the Policía Nacional (phone 091 or 922 376 820.), or emergency services on 112.
Original post 1 December: A British woman who works as an Orca trainer in Loro Parque has apparently gone missing. Colleagues of Amy Gerard (also known as Amy Docherty) at Loro Parque are searching for her since she was last seen late on Thursday evening in Molly Malone’s bar in Puerto de la Cruz. Police and missing persons agencies are helping search and her friends are very concerned: they ask anyone with any information to contact the Policía Nacional (phone 091 or 922 376 820.), or of course emergency services on 112. Amy is originally from Lincolnshire, is 28 years old, 1.77m tall, with blue eyes and curly blonde hair.