SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – The partial skeletal human remains found last month at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston have been identified.
JBSA says investigators used dental evidence to determine that the remains were those of Juan Santiago, who had no known affiliation with the military. His remains were found the evening of Dec. 27 near Salado Creek in the northeastern section of the installation. JBSA says base patrons walking in the area discovered the bones and notified investigators.
Thirty-six-year-old Santiago lived in Massachusetts before moving to San Antonio in June. Just hours after arriving here, he called police and reported that he was being chased by robbers.
In the 9-1-1 call, Santiago is heard telling someone,”Get the f**k away from me.” He then tells the dispatcher he has a “situation” at the motel where he’s staying.
“You know, I had somebody come in and, you know, try to, try to rob me, all kind of things. Please, can you send somebody here?” pleaded Santiago.
He told the dispatcher he was staying at Motel 6, but he didn’t know the room number because he had just arrived in San Antonio. Santiago asked the dispatcher to track his phone location.
“I have to run for my life. Call me back,” Santiago said. That’s the last anyone heard from him.
Frank Treviño, a local volunteer who helps families search for their missing loved ones, assisted Santiago’s relatives.