Police: Missing Glendale teacher bonded man out of jail, still missing

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A Glendale teacher bonded a man out of jail Friday but she remains missing, according to the Flagstaff Police Department.

Cathryn Gorospe, 44, was last seen in Flagstaff on Friday Oct. 6.

At that time, she bonded Charlie Malzahn, 27, out of the Coconino County Jail, police said. She has not been seen since and police fear harm has come to her.

Phoenix police arrested Mr. Malzahn Monday, Oct. 9 after spotting him within the city.

Recent pictures of Cathryn Gorospe, a Glendale teacher who was reported missing Sunday, Oct. 9, 2017. Police arrested a man who Ms. Gorospe bonded out of jail Oct. 6. (Photo courtesy Flagstaff Police Department)

On Sunday Oct. 8, at about 3:50 p.m., Ms. Gorospe was reported missing by her roommate. According to the roommate, Ms. Gorospe was going to bond Mr. Malzahn out of Jail, eat dinner and then travel back to Phoenix with him.

The roommate reported she has not seen or heard from Ms. Gorospe since. She felt something was wrong, because it was unlike Ms. Gorospe to do this and not make arrangements for someone to care for her dog. The roommate provided a physical description of Ms. 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 Ms. Gorospe, her vehicle and Mr. Malzahn. Ms. Gorospe and her vehicle were entered into the national database as missing.

Investigators determined Ms. Gorospe bonded Mr. Malzahn out of jail at about 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6.

Mr. Malzahn had been booked into jail Aug. 20 by the Williams Police Department for theft of means of transportation, prohibited possessor, possession of a gun during the commission of a felony, and entering a public establishment after reasonable request to have no weapons in the establishment.

Police believe Mr. Malzahn and Ms. Gorospe left Flagstaff traveling west via Interstate 40 toward Williams. It is unknown how long the two were together.

“We are hoping someone may recognize their photographs or the vehicle,” police said in a release. “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, Mr. Malzahn contacted a couple of acquaintances to try and get some drugs and a gun on the early morning of Oct. 7, police said. One acquaintance agreed to go with Mr. Malzahn to Tucson, stopping at a Shell station and then the Dollar General in Safford while on the way.

Later at about 1 p.m., Mr. Malzahn was contacted by the Tucson Police Department at the Tucson Mall in response to the purchase of items with a woman’s credit card. Mr. Malzahn was in possession of Ms. Gorospe’s credit and 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 Mr. 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 an unknown side of the front quarter panel. It was also indicated that there was blood on the center console, interior passenger door, the sunroof/visor area, and the interior driver door panel.

The acquaintance also noticed a cut to Mr. 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, Oct. 9 at about 1:30 p.m., the Phoenix Police Department spotted Ms. Gorospe’s vehicle. Once police spotted the vehicle, Mr. Malzahn tried to flee from them, and a pursuit ensued. Mr. Malzahn crashed the vehicle and was taken into custody.

He has not provided investigators any information about the whereabouts of Ms. Gorospe.

Investigators believe Mr. Malzahn traveled from Flagstaff through Williams, Chino Valley, Prescott, Prescott Valley to I-17, then through Phoenix to Clifton.

Authorities are seeking the public’s help to see if anyone recognizes Ms. Gorospe or Mr. 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 can contact the Flagstaff Police Department at 928-774-1414.

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