Missing man survived in Andes for 4 months after fleeing sex abuse charges
After being found in a remote mountain cabin, Uruguayan Raul Gomez is carried from a helicopter and placed on stretcher in San Juan, Argentina, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2013. (Diario El Zonda, Agustin Moya)
Published Monday, September 9, 2013 1:50PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, September 9, 2013 11:29PM EDT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- A story of survival in the snow-covered Andes has taken a sombre turn. Officials in Chile say the Uruguayan man who was lost for four months was fleeing from the law.
Raul Gomez was rescued Sunday by an Argentine helicopter crew and is recovering in a hospital, very skinny but alive.
It wasn't clear at first what led the 58-year-old plumber to start the trek from Chile in May. He apparently had no mountaineering experience. Now officials say he was on the run from child sex abuse charges that were filed against him in April.
Gomez says he survived by eating rats and owls and a few raisins after exhausting the meagre supplies in the refuge.