During some Criminal Investigations, investigators might exhaust all credible leads in a case. When this happens, the case can become stagnant or what is typically known as “Cold”.
We are making theses Cold Case Files accessible to the public in hopes that someone might come forward with information that may not have yet been uncovered.
No matter how insignificant it may seem, any information offered in reference to a Cold Case could prove to be the missing link needed to solve the case.
Reward offered: A Reward of Up to $2500 is offered for information leading to an arrest in any Beaufort County Cold Case.
Margarita Gonzalez-Almazan (2013): On December 1, 2013, 47-year-old Margarita Gonzalez-Almazan was reported missing from her Bluffton residence by family members following a dispute she had with her boyfriend, 40-year-old Osman Galicia-Escobedo.
Signs of a struggle were noticed in the residence and her mobile telephone was found on the side of the road off of Highway 170 in the vicinity of the Lemon Island Bridge. In addition, Escobedo and Almazan’s vehicles were also missing. Quickly, it was becoming apparent Almazan met with some sort of foul play at the hands of her boyfriend. His last known whereabouts was on the South Side of Savannah, where witnesses confirmed they saw him several hours after Almazan’s disappeared. The same witnesses saw what appeared to be fingernail scratches on the side of Escobedo’s face. Witnesses said Escobedo was trying to flee the country, as he purchased a ticket at the Savannah Airport to Guatemala. Oddly, Escobedo never showed up for the flight.
Several days later, Almazan’s vehicle was located abandoned outside of the Keller Flea Market in Savannah. The location of her vehicle was within a few miles of where witnesses last saw Escobedo. It was processed for forensic evidence, but did not reveal any clues to the whereabouts of Almazan or Escobedo.
Federal authorities were contacted to attempt to locate Escobedo in Guatemala. This attempt met with no success.
If you have any information regarding this Unsolved Cold Case, you may contact Captain Bob Bromage at 843-255-3402, 843-816-8013 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).