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Artesia family still looking for body 120 days after death

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Artesia’s Esteban Reza, a soldier in the National Guard, reportedly committed suicide when he leapt from a bridge in Washington on Dec. 20. His body has not been recovered. (Courtesy photo)
Artesia’s Esteban Reza, a soldier in the National Guard, reportedly committed suicide when he leapt from a bridge in Washington on Dec. 20. His body has not been recovered. (Courtesy photo)

By ASHLEY TRUJILLO
Daily Press Staff Writer

It has been 120 days since Esteban Reza jumped from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington and his family still has not found closure.

On Dec. 20, a witness saw 25-year-old Reza, an Artesia native, leap from the side of the bridge just before sunrise on a cold winter morning.

Reza, a member of the New Mexico National Guard, was in the U.S. on bereavement leave from Afghanistan to attend his grandfather’s funeral in New Mexico.

“He came back to bury his grandfather on the 28th of November and left on the third of December,” Enrique Reza, Esteban’s father, said. “He said he was going to South Carolina. We never heard from him again.

“Then we got the call from the Washington State Police.”

According to a report from The News Tribune, a Tacoma-based publication, Washington State Patrol Trooper Jonathon W. Ames pulled up behind Reza’s vehicle at 5:24 a.m. that morning. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.

The Rezas have set up an account toward the cause with Western Bank. Those interested in helping the family can deposit donations to the account labeled “Esteban Reza-Search Fund,” account number 0084554506. They also ask that anyone with information or experience in utilizing a search team contact 575-914-2417 or email enriquerezasr@yahoo.com.

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