On June 25, 1986, Maria Legaz responded to the call of the Civil Guard that she never wanted to receive. His daughter and son-in-law had been killed in an accident on the N-I. "And the zagal?", Is the only thing that was right to ask the grandmother of Somosierra's child. Thirty-three years, one month and five days later, there is no answer.
Juan Pedro Martínez Gómez had already made communion, he was a good boy and a good student. His father, a truck driver, had to transport more than 23,000 liters of smoking sulfuric acid to Bilbao, so his intention was to take advantage of the trip to reward his son and spend a few days in the Basque Country with his family, where his offspring would have the opportunity to See a landscape very different from Murcia. Northern Green
From a hamlet of Fuente Álamo (Murcia), Juan Pedro and his parents undertook a trip. It was the afternoon of San Juan's day, the beginning of a road route that has nothing to do with today, the beginning of a journey that would end in tragedy by a fatal accident wrapped in a mystery that still persists.
A quiet trip, with the relevant stops to replenish fuel and drink something. The trip of a normal family, as the waiter who served them at the last stop they made before the accident, precisely at an inn in Cabanillas de la Sierra (Madrid), almost 40 kilometers from the port of Somosierra.
The waiter, probably the last person who saw them alive, was struck by the boy, because he was wearing pants and a shirt of the same color: red. He did not see how they rode in the truck, but he did start the vehicle and understood that he had done it with absolute normality, with the same that the family had breakfast at the inn.
JUNE 25, 1986, 6.40 HOURS: THE ACCIDENT
The Volvo tanker, with license plate M-5383-CY and MU-1587-R its trailer, headed up the port of Somosierra on the N-I, then a conventional one-lane highway. And he did it slowly, as it could not be otherwise, almost stopped in some section.
This was later witnessed by the tachograph, which had recorded stops of two or three seconds, but also a little more suspicious for its duration, 20 seconds.
As the part of the Civil Guard described, the circumstances of the road and weather conditions were ideal. "Road in good condition, dry and clean pavement, dry and sunny weather," the report said.
It was 6:40 hours when the Volvo was already going down the port in the Irún direction along the Segovian slope of Somosierra. He did it at a speed of between 15 and 20 km / h.
"In an unexpected way," continued the report, "he lost the effectiveness of his braking system, gradually gaining speed, reaching 110 kilometers at km / h."
But when the driver had already managed to control the truck in the cornering area and managed to reach a straight line, he found three other trucks circulating in the same direction.
He tried to pass them on the left and even got to touch some, but in the front he found a fourth truck that circulated in the direction of Madrid and there was a collision that reached the other trucks.
It happened at km. 94,950 of the N-I. The Civil Guard telegraph report of the accident balance sheet showed that the Volvo driver, Andrés Martínez Navarro, 36, had died, as was his wife, Carmen Gómez Legaz, 34. And he mentioned a third occupant; José Pedro Martínez Gómez, "9 years, disappeared".
Of the other four trucks affected, three of their drivers were unharmed and one was serious.
It was day, dawn, working (Wednesday), the circulation was normal, with some greater presence of trucks. And there were no witnesses beyond those affected.
An accident that forced to cut the N-I to traffic in that area from 7 in the morning until 0.50 hours the next day.
WHERE WAS THE CHILD?
Emergency services arrived at the place and found the bodies of Andrés and Carmen. The first prone position, half buried and affected by the acid load. His wife's, "in a sitting position, trapped in the cabin and crushed."
The part continued: "The attempts to find a trace" of the child, which was searched in the area without results, were negative.
Where it was? The bodies of his parents were perfectly recognizable, although slightly affected by the acid, which suggested that the load carried by the Murcia truck driver did not have the power, as some attributed to him, to disintegrate a body. Even so, tests were done to confirm it.
So where was Juan Pedro? No one seemed to have an answer.
There was a small clue to follow. Some of the few witnesses to the event recalled that a white van, a Nissan Vanette, had stopped at the scene of the accident. From her a tall man and a woman who claimed to be a nurse got off. Some say they were Germans.
Did you see the badly wounded child and in the confusion of the moment they took him?
Perhaps there was another line through which researchers could go and the family, which has not ceased in its efforts to find the child of Somosierra, held on for a long time: could some drug dealers have taken Juan Pedro as a form of pressure? to his father to transport drugs? Was it in those 20 seconds of stop that the tachograph detected?
FOLLOWING THE TRACKS
Discarded that the acid had corroded the body to the point of making it disappear, the researchers focused on the hypothesis that related the facts to drug trafficking.
First they analyzed, as the family wanted, some rags found inside the tank, because they were embedded in a substance that in the laboratories of Murcia tested heroin positive. However, in a more complete study at the National Institute of Toxicology the result was negative.
In any case, the researchers did not fit that hypothesis. No similar complaint had been made by truckers and, in any case, it would have been more likely to introduce the drug into a truck that was going to France and not to Bilbao.
Nor does it seem very likely that the whole process, from the kidnapping of the child until the introduction of the drug, took place in just 20 seconds and that the parents did not show a visible and frontal opposition, including screams and distress calls, to the kidnapping of the child .
The third line of work was also nothing. More than 3,000 white Nissan Vanette vans were investigated without results. In addition, no one had kept the registration.
Anyway, for some the hypothesis that they would take the little one in that van is the most likely. Even to be taken out of Spain. But it is still a suspicion.
A SMALL OPPORTUNITY TO HOPE
Remember that Spain was in diapers in some research techniques, such as DNA. But twelve years after the accident, the Civil Guard and the University of Granada launched the Phoenix Program, designed for the genetic identification of missing persons.
In that program, the Civil Guard dumped genetic profiles of relatives of the disappeared and did and does it periodically in the review of cases pending resolution.
He did so in 2008, when he collected samples from Juan Pedro's grandmother, who voluntarily agreed to it.
A small door to hope was opened in 2015 when the system jumped to detect genetic coincidences of grandmother's DNA with human remains found in Guadalajara. But finally, the proportion of matching markers was not enough and the track was ruled out.
The researchers and the family did not give up. Despite the fact that the case was filed in 1992, the agents, with the consent of the family of the missing child, requested in June 2015 the Court of Instruction No. 1 of Colmenar Viejo (Madrid), who instructed the proceedings, to be able to exhume the corpses of the parents and take small samples to obtain genetic profiles.
The court replied that there was no place after the time elapsed and he reproached the Civil Guard investigators that they did not sufficiently justify the interest of the relatives of the child in that investigation.
A few weeks later the agents presented in the court the consent signed by three uncles of the child of the maternal and paternal branch so that the corpses were exhumed.
The court denied it again and in September of that year issued a ruling in which in just seven lines it was sent to the previous order, without further explanation.
As it seems that the disappearance of the Somosierra child does not have it. Many believe he may be alive. Hopefully.
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