Paulino Guzman III

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Above: Guzman, circa 2015

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 12, 2015 from Salinas, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 2, 1997
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Black hair, brown eyes. Guzman may go by the first name Paul or the nickname Bubba. He has four dots and two bars tattooed under one eye and the letters "ES" tattooed under his other eye.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Gray basketball shorts, a sterling silver bracelet, a sterling silver chain necklace and cubic zirconia earrings.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Guzman was last seen in Salinas, California on December 12, 2015. He was in good spirits at the time and had no apparent plans to leave town. He has never been heard from again.

    In January 2017, Tai Cruz was arrested and charged with Guzman's murder. A photo of Cruz is posted below this case summary. Investigators believe he shot Guzman to death at a party at Harden Ranch Apartments in the 2200 block of north Main Street. They stated they have both witness statements and physical evidence to implicate the suspect. He is awaiting trial. Guzman's body has never been found.

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    Above: Tai Cruz

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Salinas Police Department
    831-775-4240

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Californian
    KION 5/46

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 13, 2017; casefile added.

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