Paulino Guzman III

Guzman, circa 2015; Tai Cruz

  • Missing Since 12/12/2015
  • Missing From Salinas, California
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race Hispanic
  • Date of Birth 02/02/1997 (24)
  • Age 18 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'10, 180 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description Gray basketball shorts, a sterling silver bracelet, a sterling silver chain necklace and cubic zirconia earrings.
  • 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.

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 with 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. Cruz is awaiting trial. Guzman's body has never been found.

Investigating Agency

  • Salinas Police Department 831-775-4240

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated January 2, 2018; picture added.