Missing Person and Gun Recovered near Westport
Mendocino Sheriff’s Office Press Release:
On 09/02/2013 at approximately 1345 hours, Deputies received a call for service regarding suspicious circumstances at mile post marker 83.30 on North Highway 1 in Westport.
Upon arrival Deputies contacted a California Highway Patrol Officer and the female who initially reported the observed incident and summoned law enforcement. Deputies learned that at about 1330 hours, the female discovered that the engine was running in an unoccupied white 1999 Cadillac Deville in the pullout along the highway at the above location. The female observed the same vehicle parked at the same location at about 1000 hours. The female attempted to locate the person associated with the vehicle without success.
With the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, Deputies searched the area and were unable to locate anyone associated with the vehicle. Deputies attempted to make contact with Patrick Guzman, who the registered owner of the vehicle, at his place of residence in Fort Bragg without success.
On 09/03/2013, Deputies were still unable to locate Guzman or make contact with any of his family members.
Based on the circumstances, Deputies generated a documentation report for a missing person. Guzman’s whereabouts are presently unknown and the circumstances surrounding his vehicle are unknown. Anyone with information that could assist Deputies with this investigation is asked to call the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 961-2421.
UPDATED PRESS RELEASE:
On 09.08.13 at about 5:00 PM, Fort Bragg Advocate-News Reporter Tony Reed was in the area of MM 83, N. Highway 1, examining the area where Patrick Guzman’s vehicle was located. From the roadway Reed saw an object on the steep bluff down to the ocean and was able to use the telephoto lens of his camera to determine that it is a handgun. Reed looked further and saw what appeared to be a white shoe in the rocks near the ocean, approximately 150 feet below.
Reed flagged down a passing California Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden who called Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies. The deputies were able to make their way down to where the shoe could be seen. The deputies located the body of Patrick Guzman and requested the aid of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department to move Guzman’s remains to the roadway. The handgun, which belonged to Guzman, was also recovered. The cause of Guzman’s death is still under investigation.