- Hispanic soldier found dead after intense search
- The case is reminiscent of that of the Hispanic soldier Vanessa Guillén
- His family feared that the same would happen to him, and now they have revealed that his body was found
Hispanic soldier is found dead after intense search. The lifeless body of the soldier Juan Muñoz, who New Mexico authorities had been searching for since February 20, was found near the Rio Grande, according to his relatives.
“Our dear Juan Muñoz has finally returned home. Unfortunately, he is no longer with us. Please keep Juan and our family in your prayers,” wrote his relatives on Monday night on a Facebook page created during the search for the soldier, reports Efe.
They find the soldier Juan Muñoz dead after intense search
The young 20-year-old soldier was located after an intense search undertaken by his relatives. Local authorities found on Thursday of last week a lifeless body in the waters of the Rio Grande next to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Efe indicates.
This, near the town of Taos, in New Mexico. The body was discovered, according to local media, by a person who was canoeing down the river. In a previous message published in the social network, family members confirmed the finding.
The Hispanic soldier, Juan Muñoz was found dead
The one body was found near that steel bridge, precisely where on February 21 the car of the Hispanic soldier, Juan Muñoz, was found. The family said they were awaiting identification of the body, which turned out to be the desperately wanted young man.
Juan Muñoz, 20, was last seen on Saturday, February 20, and was scheduled to spend the weekend at the National Guard Armory in Río Rancho, New Mexico, but did not return on Sunday, Efe recalls.
The soldier’s mother does not find ‘meaning’
That same day he was reported missing by his sergeant. Inside the Hispanic car, found next to the bridge, were still his belongings, including cell phone, wallet, identification, debit card and car keys.
For his mother, Elizabeth Muñoz Rivera, finding these things was something that did not make sense “He did not have to leave his things in the car, unless he was nearby and could return quickly. He has always been very careful, “said the Hispanic’s mother in an interview with Efe last April.
Soldier Juan Muñoz ‘disappeared’ as Vanessa Guillén
The soldier had told his relatives that he planned to retire from the military ranks before the end of his regulatory term, and that he planned to move to the city of Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico, which filled the case with ‘mystery’.
With the shadow of the case of the soldier Vanessa Guillén, who disappeared in April of last year from a military base in Texas and her remains found in June, dismembered and buried, the New Mexico State Police launched since February in search of Muñoz, indicates Eph.
The mother does not believe that it is a suicide
The agency confirmed that “Muñoz’s smell was on the bridge,” and conducted exhaustive searches under the structure and several miles downstream, without finding any signs of Private Juan Muñoz. Since then, the authorities have contemplated the possibility that the young Hispanic would kill himself.
The above, given that the Rio Grande Throat Bridge has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. Family members have rejected this hypothesis. “At least he would have left me a note saying goodbye,” the mother told Efe.
“It is the nightmare that no mother wants to live”
Before finding the body of soldier Juan Muñoz, his mother had declared: “It is the nightmare that no mother wants to live, especially after the stories of other soldiers who have disappeared.” The foregoing was revealed to EFE in a telephone interview by Elizabeth Rivera, the soldier’s mother.
“He didn’t have to leave his things in the car, unless he was close by and could get back quickly. He has always been very careful, ”explained Rivera, who was born in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. In addition, the mother revealed something that ‘worried’ many.
The soldier Juan Muñoz wanted to retire
Added to this nonsense is the fact that the Hispanic soldier, Juan Muñoz, wanted to retire from the military ranks before the end of his term, according to the EFE agency. Elizabeth Rivera claimed that her son had told her that he wanted to retire from the service.
“I asked him the reasons and he replied that it was a confidential matter,” the Mexican woman told EFE with a lump in her throat. He clarifies that he told his son that he would support him in any decision, and that the young man was excited about moving to Albuquerque.
“I have discovered that there are several soldiers who have died”
The Hispanic would move to the largest city in New Mexico, leaving Taos, a community of just 32,000 inhabitants. With all these unknowns to be resolved, the case of Vanessa Guillén, who disappeared in April 2020 from Fort Hood, Texas, has been drilling into Rivera’s mind in recent weeks.
“I have discovered that there are several soldiers who have died while at their bases; So I don’t rule out that my son could be a victim like Vanessa ”, the mother of the now deceased confessed to EEF. After being disappeared, Guillén’s family undertook a search as with the soldier Juan Muñoz.
The mother was afraid that the same thing would happen to her as Vanessa Guillén
This search was made known throughout the country, and ended when it was discovered that she had been murdered inside the military base by one of her companions, and her body had been disposed of in a nearby place, however more lurid details would come out. according to Eph.
The mother’s fear grew stronger when security guards working on the Rio Grande Throat Bridge told her that they had seen Juan’s car pull up alongside another car in a nearby parking lot and the worst was yet to come.
The “smell” of the soldier was where it disappeared
“They told me that the other car was there for several minutes next to my son’s and then it left in a hurry making noise towards Taos,” says Rivera. All this information the mother of the disappeared Hispanic soldier has given to the New Mexico State Police, in charge of the search.
According to a statement from the New Mexico State Police, search dogs were brought in and “confirmed that Muñoz’s scent was on the bridge,” they reported. State police conducted extensive searches under the bridge and several miles downstream.