The residents of Agua García and other points of the municipality of Tacoronte They organized a raid in Candelaria, where he was last seen, to search for Celia Rodríguez González, a 60-year-old neighbor who disappeared 12 days ago today. The Madre del Agua association and the northern City Council joined forces in an operation that mobilized 55 people, but it was unsuccessful. Councilor Raquel Marichal, a resident of the neighborhood like Celia, announces a new initiative for next weekend, “at the request of many people who could not attend this call.”
Eusebio Expósito Medina chairs the Madre del Agua neighborhood collective. He explains that “we made a display full of hope, illusion, but without result.” He adds that “her son, Pedro, was told that they saw her on the 20th in Candelaria and we went there in the bus that the town hall put up, just like the supply station, with four support cars. Unlucky”.
The operation was carried out in three zones. The Old Path of Las Lagunetas that, Expósito points out, “she had walked other years to reach Villa Mariana.” Apparently she has some memory gap, in addition to being a little deaf, and, values the neighborhood leader, “we thought she could remember her time there.” Another group left El Socorro and La Viuda beach to reach Candelaria. The third route took the participants through Boca Cangrejo, La Nea, Radazul, Tabaiba and the entire coast of El Rosario. The three routes converged at the Candelaria Pier from where the return to Tacoronte was organized.
Eusebio Expósito recalls that Celia “is a rather quiet and highly respected woman, from a humble family, and her disappearance has moved us all.” He affirms that “now we are available and pending that they ask us to collaborate, but in principle the strategy changes according to what Civil Protection tells us, since they will be in charge from each municipality.”
During the first week of the disappearance, the 19 Civil Protection groups participated in the search, in addition to the Civil Guard and the Local Police.
Councilor Raquel Marichal announces that “although we will decide on Friday (tomorrow) when the mayor (Daniel Díaz) returns, the forecast is to repeat the search next weekend.” Thus, she underlines, “many neighbors who could not go to Candelaria for work reasons have asked us.”
The mayor of Tourism argues: «We do not want this to be a one-day thing and that’s it, but to have continuity. It’s the least we can do for her and her family.” The intention is to enter this time in the most urban part of Candelaria where it is believed that Celia could be. There she lost track of her on the 14th because the testimonies that claim to have seen her on the 20th “are confusing,” says Marichal.
Pedro, Celia’s son, asks not to be left “alone” in search of his mother. He is not because the town of Tacoronte and its council have responded. From the raid in search of him to wallpapering the municipality –and that of Candelaria– with his photograph.