the mother of Nathaniel Guzman, who has disappeared in Mendoza since January 27, repeated three times the last bus ride his son took that Friday, when his trail was completely lost. With a sign with his photo, on board line 630, he hoped to see something that would catch his attention, to find a passenger who remembers him, who can tell him if he saw him get off, if he was accompanied by another person, if at least you think you saw it. But none of that happened and almost two months later, there is still no lead on his whereabouts.
Guzmán is 38 years old and is a lawyer, does stand up and is studying for a master’s degree in Labor Law. He was born in Jujuy, and has lived in the province of Mendoza for a long time: there he entered the Judiciary and works in the Family Court in the town of Las Heras. Days before his absence, he was on vacation in Mar de Ajó –until January 22– on a trip that he undertook with his girlfriend, but from which he returned only days before. The reason, as far as is known, was a fight between the two.
Punctual and responsible with his work, on Wednesday, February 1, he had to return to the Court and resume his usual routine after the holidays. It was as a result of that absence that his colleagues noticed that something was not right.
“The colleagues are starting to get alert because he was always very responsible and very punctual, he was never absent without warning,” says his mother, Silvia Saavedrain dialogue with PROFILE. That same day, she receives the news from her granddaughter, a friend of Nataniel’s wrote to the girl and told her that they hadn’t heard from him. Silvia lives in Bariloche: upon finding out that there was a complaint about the whereabouts of her son, she took the first plane she got to look for him in Mendoza.
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An unexpected return from vacation, a meeting with friends and a bus trip to an uncertain course
Nataniel was vacationing in the spa city with the 32-year-old girl, with whom he was staying in a hotel. Although she declared that they were together a year ago, Saavedra says that many of her friends and her co-workers did not know about the relationship.
On Sunday, January 22, after the fight they had – of which Guzmán’s mother says she does not know the details – he decides to return home alone.
Nataniel receives a visit on Wednesday the 25th from a group of friends from Jujuy who stayed in his apartment. Two days later, on Friday the 27th in the morning, the friends leave: a neighbor declared having seen that day, after 9 o’clock, the lawyer saying goodbye to them at the door of the building, hours before he disappeared.
From there, according to what could be reconstructed, Guzmán goes into his house, changes his clothes and goes out again. On Belgrano street, in front of the Metrotranvía, he takes a bus on line 630, intern 72 of the El Plumerillo company that goes to Las Heras.
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In two videos of the security cameras that could be obtained, Nataniel is seen, after 11:30 in the morning, walking through the area of Calle 25 de Mayo at 760 in the city of Mendoza. That day he was wearing black jogging pants, a purple T-shirt, sneakers, and he was carrying a black backpack on his shoulders. Then he gets on the bus, and that is the last visible trace of his journey.
His ex-partner declared that he had one last communication with him on WhatsApp after 1:36 p.m. on January 27. According to Silvia Saavedra, she is the one who filed the complaint on Monday, January 30, to find out his whereabouts, three days after the lawyer left his house and two days before the date on which he was to return to work.
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The most recent of the investigation was obtained from his cell phone. The telephone company Claro confirmed that The last records of Nataniel Guzmán’s mobile were at 7:48 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, and the signal was captured by an antenna located in Canota, in the Villavicencio Nature Reserve, in the Mendoza department of Las Heras. This location is more than 30 kilometers from the lawyer’s house, and it is a wilderness area.
Although searches were carried out at the site, with dogs and drones, no data of interest could be obtained for the case. “There what is captured is the bounce of the last antenna, in Las Heras. That does not mean that Nataniel was there, ”explains her mother, who, as with the bus tour, also went to that place to find out what it was about. She says that it is impossible for her son to have arrived there alone and by her own decision, that she was not used to doing outdoor activities either to think about the possibility of him moving to the place for that purpose.
A weapon, the suicide hypothesis and the uncertainty about what happened in the last days
Guzmán’s family believes that there are details or perhaps information that they do not know about what happened in those days and they doubt if his ex-girlfriend knows something that they do not know, if there was any other fact that could change the course of the investigation. “It is strange that the ex-girlfriend, when faced with a call that he does not answer, already on Saturday she comes to look for him at the building as she is missing. If they had quarreled, what makes you suppose that because one day he doesn’t answer you, it means that he is already missing? ”, Raises Saavedra. And continues: “There is something that we do not know: if she knows something, if something else happened.”
However, there is no line of research in this regard. The first hypothesis of the prosecution, which they have not yet ruled out, is that of a possible suicide.
Nataniel Guzmán was the authorized holder of a 9-millimeter weapon, as confirmed days ago by the Homicide prosecutor in charge of the case, Gustavo Pirrello. According to the prosecutor’s hypothesis, Guzmán “was going through a couple’s crisis situation” and left his house that Friday, January 27, “with a 9 mm in his backpack, the SUBE card and no other belongings,” according to what he said in statements to the local newspaper the seven.
For Pirrello “there are several hypotheses”, and explained that testimonial statements from his environment continue these days, with more searches in the area where his cell phone picked up a signal for the last time and awaiting information on banks to detect if there were movements .
All the information that comes from people who believe they have seen it, he said, “are worked to credit or discredit them.”
Nataniel’s mother explains that he had the gun because he had been shooting for a long time due to a problem with one of his eyes. “I don’t know how you can say that Nataniel was carrying the weapon, I don’t know if he was present when he packed his backpack,” questions Saavedra, who insists that they investigate, for example, who else had a key to his apartment.
The investigators who examined his son’s computer and raided his home on February 2, says Saveedra, found nothing in this regard and neither did his friends – who shared days with him before his disappearance – said they had perceived in him some kind of discomfort. “Where does the prosecutor use for that hypothesis, the truth is that I don’t know. The truth is that more than 60 days have passed, there is no body, there is nothing”, he says about the case.
“I always emphasized that Nataniel left everything here, including the cat, which was his pet. It gives the impression that he went to do a paperwork or something, but to return. He left his documents, his cards… –he adds–. It is very difficult to think that she left to take her own life when you see that there is nothing that leads you to that ”.
Saavedra questions that, by only following this line of investigation, key days were lost to request the records of security cameras in the area where the bus circulates, to determine whether or not it got off at any of those stops.
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Since the end of February, one month after his disappearance, the Ministry of Security of the province of Mendoza offers a reward of $1,350,000 to those who can provide accurate information about their whereabouts. As this medium was able to learn, calls were received but the information obtained did not lead to any clear clue.
“I will be until the end asking the Mendoza justice to give me answers. My son belongs to the judicial system. If Nataniel, who is known by prosecutors, judges, who works in justice, who is affiliated with the judicial union… if he does not mobilize, imagine for any other ”, questions Saavedra.
Nataniel Guzmán’s mother has been in Mendoza for more than two months. He says that it was difficult for him to stay in his son’s apartment, that during this time his health deteriorated: he lost five kilos in less than a month and is undergoing medical treatment. He says that he no longer knows what else to do to add to the investigation and that he will surely return to Bariloche, at least for a while, but with his eyes on the cause. “We have moved to bring addresses, names of line 72 drivers, we have contributed,” he says. The issue today is what else can be done”.
“I have to try to be well in every aspect to continue with this until I find my son. I’m still looking for Nataniel and alive, because until now there is nothing that shows me that it is different ”, closes Silvia Saavedra.
For information on his whereabouts, contact the Mendoza Investigations Directorate through the free telephone lines 0800-222-7627, 0261 3857138 and 911 or the Criminal Intelligence Directorate at 0261 3859033.
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