UPDATE Missing Person: Cathryn Gorospe

October 9th, 2017 at 12:02 PM

UPDATE 10/13/2017: 

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (October 13, 2017): Law Enforcement has located the remains of an adult female believed to be that of Cathryn Gorospe.

On October 13, 2017, Law Enforcement continued the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Cathryn Gorospe.  Through their investigation they discovered the remains of an adult female who is believed to be Cathryn Gorospe.  The identity of the female is pending a positive identification at this time.   The location of where the female was located is currently being withheld until it is processed and scene investigators have concluded their investigation.  At this time the manner and cause of death of the female is unknown and is pending an autopsy.

The Flagstaff Police Department would like to express our condolences to her family and thank the public for their patience and assistance during the search for Cathryn.

10/10/17 Update from Flagstaff Police –

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT (FPD Report P17-14548): Cathryn Gorospe the individual shown in the top three photographs was last seen in Flagstaff on Friday October 6th, 2017.  At that time, she bonded Charlie Malzahn, 27 years of age out of the Coconino County Jail.  She has not been seen since and we fear harm has come to her.

On Sunday October 8th, 2017, at 3:47 PM, Cathryn Gorospe was reported missing by her roommate.  According to the roommate, Cathryn was going to bond Malzahn, out of Jail, eat dinner and then travel back to Phoenix with him.  The roommate reported she has not seen or heard from Gorospe since.  She felt something was wrong, because it was unlike Gorospe to do this and not make arrangements for someone to care for her dog.    The roommate was able to provide a physical description of Gorospe and her vehicle information.  The vehicle was described as a white 2010 Toyota Rav 4 with Green Bay Packers stickers on it.

Upon receipt of this report, officers and investigators with the Flagstaff Police Department immediately began trying to locate Gorospe, her vehicle and Malzahn.  Gorospe and her vehicle were entered into the national database as missing.

Charlie Malzahn

Investigators were able to determine Gorospe bonded Malzahn out of Jail at about 10:12 PM on Friday.  Malzahn had been booked into Jail on August 20th, 2017, by the Williams Police Department (WMPD report W17-01167) for the charges of:13-1814A1 theft of means of transportation, 13-3102A4 prohibited possessor, 13-3102A8 possession of a gun during the commission of a felony, and 13-3102A10 entering a public establishment after reasonable request to have no weapons in the establishment.

It is believed that Malzahn and Gorospe left Flagstaff travelling west, likely via Interstate 40 toward the City of Williams.   Ultimately it is unknown how long Malzahn and Gorospe were together.   We are hoping someone may recognize their photographs or the vehicle.  It is believed Malzahn took the vehicle from Gorospe at some point during his travels through Chino Valley, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey to I-17 south bound into Phoenix, Tempe, heading east through Gold Canyon, and ultimately ending up in Clifton Arizona.

In Clifton Arizona, Malzahn contacted a couple of acquaintances to try and get some drugs and a gun on the early morning of October 7th.  One acquaintance, agreed to go with Malzahn to Tucson, stopping at a Shell mini mart / gas station and the Dollar General in Safford on the way.

On October 7th at close to 1:00 PM, Malzahn was contacted by Tucson Police at the Tucson Mall (TPD report #P17 10070314).  Tucson Police responded to the mall and contacted Malzahn in response to the purchase of items with a female’s credit card.  Malzahn was in possession of Gorospe’s credit / debit cards, which he told the officer he had permission to have.  The officer seized the items purchased as well as the credit and debit cards, impounding them into safe keeping, for further investigation.

The acquaintance described the vehicle Malzahn had in his possession as a white Rav 4, however it was missing the end pieces of the rear bumper and had damage to the front quarter panel (unknown side).   It was also indicated that there was blood on the center console, interior passenger door, sunroof / visor area, and the interior driver door panel.  The acquaintance also noticed a cut to Malzahn’s right thumb.  With this information provided to investigators, the vehicle status was updated in the national database as a possible homicide vehicle.

On Monday October 9th, at about 1:30 AM, Phoenix Police Department spotted Gorospe’s vehicle.  Once the vehicle was spotted, Malzahn tried to flee from them, and a pursuit ensued.  Malzahn crashed the vehicle and was taken into custody.  Malzahn has not provided investigators any information about the whereabouts of Gorospe.

Investigators feel Malzahn travelled from Flagstaff through Williams, Chino valley, Prescott, Prescott Valley to I-17, then through Phoenix to Clifton.  We are seeking the public’s help to see if anyone recognizes Gorospe or Malzahn as being together, or recognizes the White Toyota Rav 4 with Green Bay stickers on it.   Investigators are unsure where the damage to the vehicle occurred, as the two end pieces of the rear bumper are missing.  Anyone with information that may be valuable is encouraged to contact The Flagstaff Police Department at 928-774-1414.


SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: Cathryn Gorospe was last seen in Flagstaff on October 6th, 2017 and has been listed as a missing person with the Flagstaff Police Department with report number 1714548. Race:White   Gender: Female   Age: 44 Ht: 5’05 lbs150 Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown. If located, please contact  the Flagstaff Police Department at (928) 774-1414.





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