Longmont police believe Rita Gutierrez-Garcia is dead


New information reveals that police believed the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of 34-year-old Longmont resident Rita Gutierrez-Garcia were “suspicious” from the beginning.


Rita Gutierrez-Garcia<br />

Investigators are just now saying they believe Gutierrez-Garcia is dead, and revealed they’ve identified a person of interest and are offering a $10,000 reward hoping to spur people who know something about the case to come forward.

Longmont police Deputy Chief Jeff Satur said at a news conference Monday morning that “early on in the investigation, this was always on our mind, that this was not going to have a positive outcome.”

“It breaks our heart to announce it,” he said at the news conference.

Gutierrez-Garcia, a mother of three, was last seen around 2:30 a.m. March 18 after celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with friends and family. She was walking to a parking lot behind 3’s Bar at 333 Main St. in downtown Longmont.

Police have a “person of interest” in the case, but need more information to make an arrest, Satur said. They have interviewed a number of suspects and eliminated many of them.

He wouldn’t release any information about the person of interest, but said the person is not an imminent danger to the community.

Source : Denver Post