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article imageAlleged sex abuser found in Andes Mountains in a rescue operation

By Ron Jayson Timbang     Sep 9, 2013 in Crime
Buenos Aires - A man who has been missing for four months in the Andes Mountains has finally been rescued. But a report reveals that he might be fleeing from the law.
Raul Gomez Cincunegui tried to cross the Andes on foot last May after his motorcycle broke down as he tried to travel from Uruguay to Chile. The 58-year-old Uruguayan was not able to find his way out of the mountain range until Sunday when rescuers found him at Sardina mountain shelter at an altitude of nearly 15,000 feet in the Los Patos Sur valley.
Gomez was eventually transferred by helicopter to Rawson Hospital in San Juan province for treatment in its intensive care unit. According to the hospital's chief of operations Victor Olmos, the hiker suffered from dehydration but is in good health.
Gomez was able to stay alive in the mountains by consuming sugar and raisins he had with him, as well as foods he can find in mountain shelters, including rats.
San Juan Governor Jose Luis Gioja described Gomez's survival as a miracle. "I still cannot believe it. He came here and spoke by phone with his wife, his mother and daughter. He was very excited, though exhausted," he said.
In an interview with the Mirror News, her daughter described his dad as someone who is "adventurous." However, she warned, "I’m going to make sure he never does anything like this again."
Although Gomez's survival and rescue can be described as a story of triumph, it seems to be mixed up with some controversy, as it is reported in the AP that he is an alleged sex abuser and is actually running away from authorities. An official in the Chilean prosecutor's office, who refused to be identified, confirmed to the AP that Gomez is wanted in Chile's capital for investigation of child sex abuse allegations.
And considering that Gomez was gone missing in May, it is interesting to note that a warrant was issued for his arrest on April 22.
Nonetheless, his family in his hometown Bella Union won't take the allegation as true. "Raul is a good, hard-working man," her mother Irma Cincunegui said. "Everybody knows him in Bella Union, where he never had troubles with anybody."
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