Authorities are searching for a Glendale kindergarten teacher, Cathryn Gorospe, who went missing on October 6, after bailing out Charlie Malzahn, age 27, out of the Coconino County Jail. Flagstaff Police say they “fear harm has come to her.”
On Sunday October 8, 2017, at 3:47 PM, Ms. Gorospe was reported missing by her roommate. According to the roommate, Ms. Gorospe 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. The roommate said 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.
The Flagstaff Police Department immediately began trying to locate Ms. Gorospe, her vehicle and Malzahn. Ms. Gorospe and her vehicle were entered into the national database as missing.
Investigators were able to determine Ms. Gorospe bonded Malzahn out of Jail at about 10:12 p.m. on Friday. Malzahn had been booked into Jail on August 20th, 2017, by the Williams Police Department for the charges of: 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.
Authorities believe that Malzahn and Ms. Gorospe left Flagstaff travelling west, likely via Interstate 40 toward the City of Williams. It is unknown how long Malzahn and Ms. Gorospe were together.
Authorities believe Malzahn took the vehicle from Ms. 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 7. One acquaintance, agreed to go with Malzahn to Tucson, stopping at a Shell gas station and the Dollar General in Safford on the way.
On October 7, at close to 1:00 p.m., Malzahn was contacted by Tucson Police at the Tucson Mall. Tucson Police responded to the mall and contacted Malzahn in response to the purchase of items with 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 for further investigation.
According to Flagstaff Police, 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. 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 a.m., Phoenix Police Department spotted Ms. 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 Ms. Gorospe.
Investigators feel Malzahn traveled from Flagstaff through Williams, Chino valley, Prescott, Prescott Valley to I-17, then through Phoenix to Clifton. They are seeking the public’s help to see if anyone recognizes Ms. 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.