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July 18, 2014

Missing person found deceased

Live Oak — A Live Oak man who was reported missing last week was found deceased on Saturday in a field approximately a mile and a half from where he was reported missing, according to Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron.  

According to a SCSO report, on Tuesday, July 8, deputies responded to a pine field across from 13015 177th Road, in Live Oak, in reference to a missing person. Upon arrival, deputies were advised that Nahum Pascual Guerrero, 12896 181st Rd., Live Oak, was last seen that day around 12 p.m.

SCSO Cpl. David Manning stated in a report that Efron Acosta, Guerrero’s employer, who reported him missing, found his lunch box, water cooler and personal items still at the work site, but Guerrero was gone.

“Efron stated that Nahum had returned from a visit to Mexico on Friday and worked that day but had not worked that weekend due to not feeling well,” the report stated.

Manning stated he then followed Acosta to Guerrero’s home and spoke with several roommates and searched the home, but did not find him. Manning then reported back to the pine field where he observed a large lunch box/cooler, a small water cooler, a rolled up plastic tarp and an open plastic container of food. Acosta pointed out these items belonged to Guerrero and that his wallet and cell phone were also present.

Manning spoke with one of Guerrero’s co-workers/roommates, who reportedly stated Guerrero commented several days ago that he was not feeling good and that the heat was having an adverse effect on him.

Manning also spoke with another co-worker/roommate, who said he had just met Guerrero on Friday, July 4, and agreed to share a room with him. He stated the morning before Guerrero went missing, they were discussing how many bales of pine straw they were going to bale that day. At lunch, it was reported Guerrero was acting “strange.”

Guerrero was reportedly standing still staring at the ground talking to himself for several minutes. When Guerrero’s co-worker turned around to bring his actions to the attention of another employee, he was gone.

Co-employees reported they were not worried at that time, since it was not unusual for workers to get too hot and leave at lunch and return when it’s cooler to work until dark.

Acosta stated at that time he was concerned due to the fact that Guerrero does not have any family or friends in Live Oak and does not have any enemies.

The Suwannee and Hamilton Correctional Institution’s K-9 units arrived on the scene and conducted a search for Guerrero, but the attempt was unsuccessful.

On Saturday, July 12, Deputy Brandon Marsh made contact with Maria Ramos, sister of Guerrero. Ramos reportedly advised him that he has went missing twice before, stating the first time was for a month and the second six months. She also told Marsh if law enforcement made contact with Guerrero he would resist.

According to Cameron, Guerrero was found deceased in a field on Saturday,  July 12, at about 11:30 a.m., approximately a mile and a half south from where he was reported missing.

Cameron said an autopsy was performed to determine if there was foul play involved and to determine cause of death, and noted it could take months to obtain the final results.

 

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