Santa Cruz: In the middle of the snow storm, a man who had been missing for 3 days was found dead

Santa Cruz: In the middle of the snow storm, a man who had been missing for 3 days was found dead
Santa Cruz: In the middle of the snow storm, a man who had been missing for 3 days was found dead

The victim’s truck was found 15 kilometers from where the body was found, on Provincial Route No. 9, near El Calafate (photo courtesy of La Opinión Austral)

In the midst of a snowstorm and extreme polar cold that even froze rivers in Santa Cruz, an 80-year-old man, who had been intensively sought since last Wednesday, He was found dead this Saturday afternoon on the side of Provincial Route No. 9, about 65 kilometers from El Calafate.

The victim was identified as Luis Alberto Franulic Cepernic, who had left for La Rosita ranch without giving any news since then.

According to the media The Southern Opinionlocal authorities learned of his disappearance on Friday night and at that time alerted the provincial Emergency Operations Committee (COE).

At around 9:30 this Saturday, a commission from the Rural Operations Division of El Calafate went to the place to begin the search and found the macabre discovery. In addition, 15 kilometers from where the victim’s body lay, a Ford Ranger pickup truck was found stuck in the snow, which belonged to the deceased. Yesterday, temperatures in that area were -11°C in the morning.

At the scene of the crime, the necessary procedural procedures were carried out with the collaboration of the personnel of the Criminalistics Division of El Calafate.

Meanwhile, the Special Transfer Unit of the Forensic Medical Corps proceeded to remove the body and transfer it to the tourist village, where the corresponding autopsy will be performed. The vehicle, meanwhile, was also removed from the place and taken to that destination.

The judge of the Investigating Court No. 1 of El Calafate is involved in the case.

This discovery occurred in a context of extreme cold in Santa Cruz, where they are observed Frozen rivers and temperatures reaching 25 degrees below zero. The National Weather Service issued a “red level alert” for the mountain area of ​​that province, which implies a “high to extreme effect on health.”

For its part, The Army is working to rescue people trapped in the snow, provide blankets and bring food for families and animals.

The National Meteorological Service issued a “red level alert” for the mountainous area of ​​Santa Cruz, which implies a “high to extreme effect on health”

This weekend, Many vehicles were trapped by the intense snowstorm on Route 3 and at least 300 people were stranded inside their cars in these extreme temperatures.

They were all rescued by the Army, which used M113 armoured personnel carriers to clear the layer of snow that covered the access roads and farms to a depth of more than a metre.

This Saturday, the second Hercules C-130 arrived in Santa Cruz with an essential cargo of food and supplies. This is the cargo that contains part of the aid intended to face the consequences of the climate crisis in Santa Cruz, as “part of the efforts made by Governor Claudio Vidal before various agencies of the National Executive a few weeks ago,” explained the Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, Daniel Álvarez.

Like the sea in Tierra del Fuego, The Patagonian rivers seem “still” because of the layer of ice that formed on the surface. The entire region is besieged by the famous “white winds” that prevent visibility of the roads. The last few weeks The Argentine Army deployed around 100 agents and 22 vehicles to carry out search, rescue and evacuation tasks for stranded people and cars and trucks.

This Saturday, meanwhile, the second Hercules C-130 arrived in Santa Cruz with an essential shipment of food and supplies.

In this context, Three young people have been trapped for weeks at the Dos Lagunas ranchwhere the Berrini salt mine operates, 198 kilometers from Río Gallegos, capital of Santa Cruz. The snowstorm prevented the men, who work bagging salt, from leaving. Until now, access to the area, located 60 kilometers from Route 3, was impossible even for the National Highway machinery, which encountered “walls of snow.”

In parallel, the government of Santa Cruz is holding meetings with agricultural entities to outline specific actions, focusing on the protection of livestock and agricultural production. These joint efforts seek to minimize adverse impacts and ensure the safety and well-being of affected communities.

The Santa Cruz Police also issued a maximum alert for the disappearance of Daniel Humberto Rios, a 58-year-old truck driver who has not been heard from since the early hours of July 4.

The Santa Cruz Police also issued a maximum alert for the disappearance of Daniel Humberto Ríos, a 58-year-old truck driver, who has not been seen since the early hours of July 4.

The complaint was made by her daughter on July 5 at 9:30 p.m. at the 28 de Noviembre Police Station. Ríos left on July 3 from Río Turbio bound for La Rioja. He was driving a white Renault 440 truck, license plate IHE-375, accompanied by a blue tarp semi-truck, license plate EUV-097.

The last communication with his family was on July 4 at 3:53 a.m. He told them that he was in Comodoro Rivadavia due to a roadblock, but nothing more has been heard from him since then.

The case is being investigated by the Investigations and Narcocriminality Division of the Carbonífera Basin and the Criminal Secretariat of the Juvenile Criminal Court of Río Turbio.

 
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