Thursday, November 18, 2021

Argentina: Woman Claims Light Carried Her 60 Kilometers Away


Source: La Arena (Argentina)

Date: 11.18.2021

 Argentina: Woman Claims Light Carried Her 60 Kilometers Away

 (Jacinto Arauz) - An intense search was carried out all Tuesday afternoon and evening in southern Jacinto Arauz. When she vanished from her customary place of residence, she was found yesterday morning by a patrol of Colonia Santa Teresa in Quinto Meridiano, not far from the police station at that location, which is 65 kilometers distant from where she was last seen. The District Attorney's office of General Acha is looking into the case.

 The woman was taken to the Guatraché Hospital and then sent to the facility at General Acha in order to conduct more precise studies, since she could only communicate via writing, seemingly as a result of being in a state of shock.

 At the hospital in Guatraché the woman told physicians - in written form - that she was in her country house when she heard a noise and stepped out into the back yard, where she was blinded by a light and then appeared where she was found, at Meridiano QUinto, 5 kilometers south of the Guatraché police station, unable to remember a thing. Due to her condition, she was sent to General Acha in order to carry out tests that may discard any existing health condition, as she was physically in good shape.

 Matías Alvarez, the chief of police in Jacinto Arauz, told LA ARENA about the mobilization of local and area firefighters, police personnel, search and rescue personnel with trained dogs, and admitted that the search was a desperate one. The dogs would follow her trail up to 150 meters of the house before turning away, as if having lost the scent.

 Finally, yesterday morning it was learned that she had been found at the described location and questions soon followed, among them, given her physical condition, it was impossible for her to walk 65 kilometers, especially as relatives said a thousand meter walk was enough to tire her out.

 For the time being, the situation experienced by the woman is in the hands of the district attorney's office in General Acha, as a missing persons file was opened there at the time.

 It all happened Tuesday morning, when the woman's partner returned home after a visit to another rural property, only to find her gone. Being unable to find her, he contacted relatives and made the proper notifications. Police and firefighters were added to the search, as well as search-and-rescue personnel with trained dogs.

A frantic search was conducted all night in the premises and neighboring properties in the area known as Cuatro Esquinas, approximately 25 kilometers southeast of locality of Jacinto Arauz. Early yesterday morning, a photo was received from the woman's cellphone, identifying a street that could not be identified as a local one. Minutes later, it was learned that she had been found by police at Colonia Santa Teresa.

[Translation (c) 2021 Scott Corrales, IHU with thanks to Marcelo Metayer]