Missing Person Colorado Rita Gutierrez-Garcia
Rita Gutierrez-Garcia went missing on March 18, 2018, from Longmont, Colorado. The mother of three is presumed deceased, but her body has not been located. Juan Jose Figueroa Jr., 29, is a person of interest in Rita’s case. He was arrested on a warrant while attempting to cross the border into Mexico nine days after Gutierrez-Garcia disappeared. He is currently being held in jail after being accused of strangling and raping a woman he met in a bar in downtown Longmont last year.
Rita was celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with friends and family at bars in downtown Longmont and was last seen in a city parking lot located behind 3’s Bar. A witness saw Figueroa with Gutierrez-Garcia. The family does not believe that Rita knew Figueroa.
Omar, Rita’s brother told Missing Persons of America, “It has been four months since Rita was last seen. Last week the Longmont Police Department released a name of a suspect in her disappearance, he is currently in custody. He was caught at the US – Mexico border in Maverick County Texas on March 27. Law enforcement believes Rita is deceased but her body has not been found. We have searched areas in Longmont and outside of town but haven’t had any luck. At this point we can’t rule anything out, she may have been taken anywhere from Longmont, Co to Maverick County Texas.
The family is asking the public to check property lines, buildings, sheds and ponds and ditches on their property for Rita’s remains.
Authorities offer reward
Longmont police are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that will help them locate Gutierrez-Garcia’s body.
“We have our theories, but there’s a lot of land and territory out here,” Longmont police Deputy Chief Jeff Satur told the Timescale.
Satur is asking the public to search around rural areas like Rabbit Mountain, the Peak to Peak Highway and Jamestown.
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