According to their Her dad, José Bretón, Ruth and José disappeared on the afternoon of October 8th from the Cruz Conde park in C´rodoba, where they had gone with their Her dad and other relatives to play for a couple of hours.
The day before, Bretón, with the permission of the children's mother, Ruth Ruiz, had picked his children up from their home in Huelva, and taken them to Córdoba to visit his family.
According to the paternal family, the two children spent Friday night with their grandparents in their house in the Viñuela district of the city and were collected the next day by their Her dad.
Three witnesses said they had seen Bretón searching frantically in the park for his kids. A huge search was launched and posters were distributed, with the police not discounting any hypothesis.
On October 18th. Bretón was arrested and the 'Las Quemadillas' property was searched again, this time with georadar equipment, but still no trace of the children was found.
On October 21st, Bretón was remanded in custody, charged with "the unlawful detention and disappearance of minors" and "simulating a crime".
Bretón's lawyer, José María Sánchez de Puerta, has appealed for his client's release from prison, but the request was turned down by the Provincial Courts.