LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Finding a mother of three who hasn’t been seen since leaving a bar in Longmont after celebrating St. Patrick’s day is the top priority for the Longmont Police Department.
Rita Gutierrez-Garcia was last seen near a downtown bar at 2:30 a.m. on March 18, according to the Longmont Police Department.
Gutierrez-Garcia and her friends spent some time in the Speakeasy, at 301 Main St. They finished their night at Breakers, at 380 Main St., then walked back to the parking lot near 3’s bar, at 333 Main St.
Gutierrez-Garcia has has not had contact with her family since that time.
“Rita, come home, come home!” pleaded her mother Diane Romero during a news conference on Thursday afternoon. “We need you. You’ve got to finish school, you’ve got to see the boys. I’m supposed to be the strong mom and I’m not supposed to cry, even though inside I’m breaking… so, Rita, please come home.”
They are concerned for her safety and welfare and police are asking for help from the public.
Gutierrez-Garcia is 34 years old, 5-foot-7, weighs 140 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt with black leggings.
Her family made a plea for her safe return on Thursday afternoon. They say her phone is off and she hasn’t posted to Snapchat, which is unusual for her.
“Please come home. Call me. Text me. Call the police,” her mother said tearfully. “Stop someone on the street and tell them who you are and that you need to get home… please Rita, come home.”
“Please pray,” her sister Jessica sobbed.
“We know Rita was on the phone with somebody, but we don’t know who that person is,” investigators said. “We want to find Rita but we need information.”
Investigators say they are working to get her phone records and track her activity on Snapchat.
If anyone has information about Gutierrez-Garcia, her associates or possible whereabouts, or disappearance, please contact the Longmont Police Department immediately at (303) 651-8501.