Rescue crews in Spain have found the body of a two-year-old boy, whose fall into a deep borehole 13 days earlier prompted a complex and heart-wrenching search-and-rescue operation that had the country holding its breath.
Julen Rosello fell down the narrow 360-foot -deep borehole on January 13 while his family was preparing a countryside Sunday lunch. Adding to the family’s tragedy, Spanish media had reported that his parents had another young son who died of a heart attack in 2017.
Julen’s remains were found in the early hours of Saturday by rescuers digging a tunnel to reach him, said a spokeswoman with the Spanish government’s office in the southern province of Malaga.
The spokeswoman said a judicial commission would follow up with the accident’s investigation.
A hearse arrived at the site shortly after the news broke that Julen’s body had been found.
“All of Spain feels the infinite sadness of Julen’s family. We have followed closely every step to reach him,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez wrote on Twitter.
“We will always appreciate the tireless effort of those who searched for him during all these days.”