Sunday 18 February 2018

Rat-eating fugitive was on run from child-sex charges

A Uruguayan man who was rescued after spending four months apparently lost in the Andes was on the run from child sex allegations, it has emerged.

An emaciated Raul Gomez (58) was rescued by an Argentine helicopter crew more than four months after he was last heard from, and is recovering in hospital. He claimed to have survived by eating rats which he trapped, augmented with a supply of raisins he had brought with him.

An official in the Chilean prosecutor's office in Santiago said Gomez was wanted in Chile's capital for investigation of child sex-abuse allegations.

In Gomez's home town of Bella Union, his mother, Irma Cincunegui, said she did not believe the allegations.

Irish Independent

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