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Vanished: What Happened to the Boy of Somosierra?

In some parts of the world, strange news stories become so well known, that they become a part of national folklore and legend. Even stranger is that even though these stories gain such prominence in one country, they are seldom heard in others.

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One such case has become a major talking point for the people of Spain, but is virtually unheard of outside of the country. It is the true story of what happened to the boy from Somosierra?

It was the 24th June 1986. Andres Gomez was a truck driver who made his living delivering highly combustible and corrosive compounds to Madrid. On this particular day he was excited because his delivery was a little different – he had brought his family along for the ride.

His wife, Carmen Gomez, and their son, Juan Pedro Martinez Gomez had never been to Madrid before and as his delivery was in that part of Spain, he decided to bring them along with him.

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They were all excited about the trip and the next day they had decided that on the way home, they would stop off to see the amazing scenery at the Somosierra mountain pass in the Sierra de Guadarrama north of Madrid in Spain. But fate would have a different plan.

Juan Gomez was a 10-year-old boy in Spain who disappeared under mysterious circumstances in June 1986.

The Volvo F-12 refueled near the town of Cieza, Murcia. At 00:12, the family was seen by the staff of the petrol station. After taking a nap at a rest area, they returned to the 301 national highway to Madrid. At 5:30 am, they made their last stop at the Aragon Inn. Witnesses who saw them there said that the family looked happy and nothing was amiss. But shortly afterwards things changes drastically.

Witnesses on the road reported seeing the truck accelerating to speeds of over 140 km/h, stopping suddenly before speeding off again at high speed. It wasn’t long before the police received a call that a major accident had occured. The truck has collided with another car, overturned in a ditch and the tanker had ruptured, spilling the explosive, corrosive liquid all over the road.

Authorities rushed to the scene to contain the environmental damage. Specialist clean-up crews arrived at the scene and started cleaning up the spill. When they managed to get to the cab of the truck, they found that the liquid had penetrated it and the two bodies inside has suffered terrible burns, but were otherwise intact.

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Everything looked like a tragic accident. That was until the grandparents asked authorities: Where is my grandson, Juan Pedro?

Fearing that the boy was perhaps injured, the crews and police scoured the site of the crash but there was no trace of the 10 year old boy. The only indication that he had even been in the cab with his parents was one lone shoe.

People immediately speculated that his body had been dissolved by the corrosive liquid, but this was quickly dismissed by the forensics team who said that even if his body had come in contact with large amounts of the fluid, bones and other biological materials would still have been evident.

Andres Martinez’s crashed truck.

The police interviewed witnesses to the events leading up to the accident. It as then that the true bizarre nature of the story became evident.

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Witnesses who had seen the strange behaviour of the truck before the accident, stated that they had also seen a white van travelling in front of the truck. This van had also been behaving in a strange manner – accelerating and slamming on brakes.

But it was about to get even weirder.

Witnesses who saw the accident, claimed that a white van stopped at the scene and two people got out. These people immediately drew the attention of the witnesses. They were both extremely tall and both wore ankle-length white robes.

Their complexions were described as very pale. Quickly they walked over to the cab and retrieved a ‘lump’ which they bundled into their van. They then got in their vehicle and sped off at high speed.

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Despite a massive investigation and search of the area, no indication of what happened to Juan Pedro ever surfaced. He has vanished off the face of the earth!

In the following days, weeks and months, people have speculated on what happened.

The Kidnapping Theory

Reports of the white van, its behaviour and reports of the people taking something from the truck wreck have led to peole speculating that the boy had been abducted either a religious cult, or a pedophile ring.

People point out that the behaviour of the truck may have indicated that his father may have been aware of the kidnap attempt and was trying to shake off the white van.

Alien Abduction

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Because of the reports of the strange looking people at the accident scene shortly after the catastrophe, some people have claimed that these could be ‘Nordic’ aliens who may possibly have abducted the boy. Others say that perhaps they rescued him from the cab and are now unable to return him without questions being asked.

The problem with this theory is that there had been no UFO reports from the area, and besides, what would aliens be doing driving a white van?


One theory is that the family had a fight in the truck. This would also explain the strange behaviour of the truck. During the fight Juan Pedro may have been inadvertently killed and his body disposed of along the road. Later due to the high emotions, or perhaps due to the mother’s struggles, the truck then crashed.

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There are problems with this theory. They do not explain the white van, or the strange people at the scene. No body turned up along the route, despite a massive search, and it does not seem likely that there was enough time for the parent to dispose of the body.

Over the ensuing weeks, there were the odd report of the boy being spotted in various parts of Spain, but on closer investigation all these reports were dismissed.

After all these years, one question remains: What happened to Juan Pedro Martinez Gomez, “the Boy of Somosierra?

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Jake Carter

Jake Carter is a researcher and a prolific writer who has been fascinated by science and the unexplained since childhood. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of, a website he created in 2013.