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Missing Longmont mom believed to be dead

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LONGMONT -

The Longmont Police Department has been investigating the disappearance of missing mother who is now believed to be dead.

Rita Gutierrez-Garcia went missing on March 18, where she was last seen in the 300 block of Coffman Street in Longmont around 2:30 a.m. According to 9News Denver, she was on the phone and told friends and family she'd catch a ride home with someone.

Police said the investigation has been taken very seriously and while they hope for the best, she is believed to no longer be alive. "Anytime someone disappears, an investigation into how they conduct their everyday lives is done, and knowing how steady, reliable, and loved Rita was; we now expect the worst," police said in a statement on Facebook.

Her body has yet to be found, but officers have identified a person of interest in the case, according to police. Investigators say they will continue to follow-up on leads and any information from people in the community.

The Longmont Police Department is also offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to Garcia's discovery or information leading to the arrest of a suspect. 

Anyone with information is asked to use a tip line or send an email to policetipline@longmontcolorado.gov or call (303) 774-3700. People with urgent information requiring police involvement are asked to call the Emergency Communications Center at (303) 651-8501. 

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