Body of missing Fort Bragg man found at bottom of cliff
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 7:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 7:04 p.m.
The body of a Fort Bragg man missing for a week since his abandoned car was spotted on a remote stretch of Highway 1 has been found, Mendocino County sheriff's officials said Monday.
The remains of Patrick Guzman, 70, were found Sunday about 150 feet down a roadside cliff in the rocks near the ocean near the community of Westport, Lt. Greg Stefani said in a statement. A handgun registered to Guzman was also nearby.
Guzman's death appears to have been a suicide, however an autopsy will determine an official cause of death, Capt. Greg Van Patten said.
Guzman had been missing for a week on Sunday when a Fort Bragg Advocate-News reporter went to the area where his car had been abandoned and searched the bluff using a camera with a telephoto lens.
Tony Reed first spotted the gun about 50 feet down the cliff then, looking further down with the camera, saw what appeared to be a white shoe near the water, Stefani said.
Reed flagged down a passing state Fish and Wildlife warden who called the Sheriff's Office. Deputies scrambled down the bluff and found the body. Westport Volunteer firefighters helped move the body up the cliff.
Guzman's whereabouts came under investigation Sept. 2 when a woman spotted his 1999 Cadillac Deville parked in a highway pullout near mile marker 83.3 near Westport with its engine running.
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