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    CA - Patrick Guzman, 70, Fort Bragg, 2 Sept 2013

    Fort Bragg man missing after car abandoned

    Mendocino authorities Wednesday were still searching for a Fort Bragg man whose car was found running and unoccupied on a remote stretch of Highway 1.
    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article...cles/130909814
    Last edited by summer_breeze; 09-10-2013 at 06:34 AM.

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    Body recovered north of Westport

    http://www.advocate-news.com/ci_2404...north-westport

    By Tony Reed / Staff Writer
    Updated: 09/08/2013 09:42:06 PM PDT

    Sheriff's investigators have yet to confirm the identity of a man found deceased at the bottom of a tall oceanside cliff north of Westport late Sunday afternoon, Sept. 8.

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    Missing man found dead near Fort Bragg

    http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/ci_...ear-fort-bragg

    UPDATED: 09/09/2013 03:59:18 PM PDT

    The body of a Fort Bragg man reported missing last week was found Sunday down a cliff along with a gun, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office reported.
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    Rest in Peace Mr. Guzman.

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    That last clip said the MCSO was still investigating. Of course, that was three years ago.

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    Do you shoot yourself in the side to commit suicide?

    According to this clip, Guzman's unsecured Cadillac was driven from Westport back home to Fort Bragg by his daughter a week after it was found. Although Guzman had died on Labor Day, his body was not found for almost a week. A local reporter first spotted a gun and other personal items through a telephoto lens on 8 September. He then climbed down to where he could see Mr. Guzman's remains. When Patrick Guzman's body was recovered, he was found to have died from a large wound in his side. The recovered weapon was an oddball one that fired both shotgun shells and large caliber bullets.

    Ms Guzman insists that welding equipment, a hydraulic jack, a computer and printer, and three guns were stolen from her father's residence. She cries murder.

    Drug and blood alcohol testing was in progress on the remains. The Cadillac supposedly showed no signs of use by anyone other than Guzman.

    Anderson Valley Advertiser, 20 September 2013: http://theava.com/archives/23756
    AVA, 10 September 2013: http://theava.com/archives/23763
    AVA, 5 October 2013: http://theava.com/archives/24134
    AVA, 8 October 2013: http://.theava.com/archives/24174
    AVA, 9 October 2013: http://theava.com/archives/24192
    AVA, 5 September 2013: http://theava.com/archives/23710
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    LE contact info

    Forgot to enclose contact info for the above case:

    Information concerning this case may be called in to the Mendocino County Sheriff'sOffice Tipline at 707-234-2100. Their Investigative Services Bureau may be emailed at barneys@co.mendocino.ca.us.The Sheriff's Office can also be reached at 951 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 95482.

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    CA - Patrick Guzman, 70, Mendocino County, 8 Sept 2013

    Patrick Joseph Guzman

    DOB: circa 1943
    Date of death: 8 September 2013
    Place of birth: Sacramento, CA
    Worked 30 years for Southern Pacific RR

    Missing Persons listing at: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ight=Mendocino

    A driver on the Shoreline Highway (CA Route 1) spotted a white 1999 Cadillac Deville parked in an seaside overlook at mile marker 83.30 north of Westport CA at about 10 AM on 2 September 2013. When she saw the car still there at about 1:30 PM, she checked it and found it empty with the engine running. She then called the California Highway Patrol; in turn, they notified the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office at 1:45 PM. Deputies then ran a license check and discovered the owner was 70-year-old Patrick Joseph Guzman of Fort Bragg CA. Efforts to contact him were unsuccessful, and a search around his car did not locate him. Patrick was deemed a suicide.

    The car did not appear to have hosted anyone but Guzman. It was left where it was parked until 8 September 2013. At 5 PM that day, a local journalist using a telephoto lens on his camera spotted a pistol about 50 feet down the slope. He flagged down a passing Fish and Wildlife Officer, who climbed down and located Patrick's body about 150 feet below, in a spot hidden from view above. The gun used to shoot Guzman in the side was easily identified as his because it was an odd make that fired both shotgun shells and solid bullets. Evidence was sent off for forensic blood and firearm testing.

    An hour after discovery of the body,Patrick's daughter drove his car to his home. When she checked the residence, she found it had been looted of money, welding equipment, a hydraulic jack, a computer and printer, and three guns. With no reason for a suicide to steal from himself, there was ample reason to suspect foul play. (Personal observation: Nor is a person shooting one's self through the side a usual method of suicide. The head, or maybe the heart, are the most common vital points for suicide via firearm.)

    I have outlined the route he drove on that fatal day on Google maps: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Ocea...586838!1m0!3e0

    Patrick Guzman was purportedly in such rush to commit suicide he left his car's engine running; yet his route passed up several opportunities along the way to pull into scenic overlooks similar to the one where his car was parked. Below find screen shots of the mile marker and pullout where his car was parked.

    Mile marker 83.30 is at: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7073...8i6656!6m1!1e1

    View of pullout from the south: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.7068...8i6656!6m1!1e1

    Information concerning this case may be called in to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Tipline at 707-234-2100. Their Investigative Services Bureau may be emailed at barneys@co.mendocino.ca.us. The Sheriff's Office can also be reached at 951 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA95482.

    Sources:
    Findagrave.com website:http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...414195&df=all&
    Santa Rosa Press Democrat:
    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/csp/med...id=555&fid=181
    Fort Bragg Advocate-News, 8 September2013: http://www.advocate-news.com/general-news/20130908/id-released-of-body-recovered-north-of-westport
    Anderson Valley Advertiser, 5 September2013: http://theava.com/archives/23710
    AVA, 9 October 2013: http://theava.com/archives/24192

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    More evidence of foul play

    Another article. This contains details of the death weapon:
    Anderson Valley Advertiser, 20 September 2013: http://theava.com/archives/23929

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    Death weapon

    An example of Guzman's pistol: http://www.taurususa.com/product-det...egory=revolver

    Found via Google search.

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    Additional source for firearm info

    An article from a Mendocino County newspaper with more information:

    Anderson Valley (CA) Advertiser: http://theava.com/archives/23965




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