11 Jun, 2024 @ 11:28
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Ana Knezevich latest: Husband of missing US expat pleads not guilty to her kidnapping in Spain – after CCTV showed him buying duct tape in Madrid hardware store

THE estranged husband of Ana Knezevich, a Colombian native with US nationality who went missing in Madrid on February 2, pleaded not guilty on Monday to her kidnapping, despite the existence of apparently incriminating evidence against him.

Court documents that were released late last week in Miami show David Knezevic at a Madrid hardware store on that same day in February, where he bought duct tape and spray paint. 

What’s more, in security footage from Ana Knezevich’s apartment in the upscale Salamanca neighbourhood, Knezevich’s eyes are recognisable as he sprays the cameras in the hallway, despite him wearing a motorcycle helmet with facemask.

According to the court documents, he later left the apartment that same night with a suitcase.  

Read more: Who is David Knezevich? The Serbian-American businessman who has become the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife Ana from Spain – following his arrest at Miami Airport

David Knezevich in an FBI photo handout.

David Knezevich, who is 36, has been indicted by a court in Miami of travelling from Florida to the Spanish capital to kidnap his wife between the dates of January 27 and February 5, according to a report in the Miami Herald

His estranged wife, who is referred to as the ‘victim’ in the indictment, is 40-year-old Ana Maria Knezevich Henao, who moved to Spain in late December as the pair were going through a reportedly acrimonious divorce.

Having run a successful business together, the separation is said to have involved the dividing up of millions of dollars’ worth of joint assets. They had been married for 13 years at the time of her disappearance, and the divorce was yet to be finalised

Ana Knezevich was last seen on February 2, according to the authorities in Spain, the same day that she exchanged text messages with a friend called Sanna Rameau.

The next day, however, Knezevich sent text messages saying that she had met a man. “He has a summer house about 2h from Madrid. We are going there now and I will spend a few days there. Signal is Spotty. I’ll call you when I get back,” the WhatsApp message read, according to a report in the Daily Mail

Her family then began to receive messages in Spanish from her phone that did not sound as if they had been written by her. 

The CCTV images that show Knezevich in a hardware store in Madrid on the night of his estranged wife’s disappearance.

“That message in Spanish, it is like it’s translated from Google. It’s not her. She doesn’t say those things. Like nobody in Spanish will say it like that,” her brother, Felipe Henao, said earlier this year.

Spain’s Policia Nacional, along with the FBI, has tried to locate her and has carried out searches for her body but has so far been unsuccessful. 

David Knezevich was arrested in May after the authorities determined that he had travelled to Turkey and then to Spain by car. 

He has not yet been charged with his wife’s murder, but this could change should the authorities locate her body. 

In the meantime, the court case against him in Miami continues. 

Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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