Zita Cecilia Gutierrez
Gutierrez, approximately 1980
Date and time person was reported missing : 08/23/1980
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 10/23/1956 (64)
Age at the time of disappearance: 23 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0 - 5'2, 110 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A silver-colored watch with a silver metal band, and a gold ring with a green marquise-cut stone.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Hispanic female. Black hair, brown eyes. Gutierrez has a slight gap between her two upper front teeth. She goes by her middle name, Cecilia. She was born in Ecuador.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Gutierrez was last seen at the Kenwood Country Club in the vicinity of the 5600 block of River Road in Rockville, Maryland. She had been working as a cocktail waitress there for about a week. She was supposed to pick up a friend at a bus stop at 9:30 p.m. and then go to meet her fiance and other friends at a nightclub.
Authorities believe there was a communications error and Gutierrez's friend was waiting at a different bus stop than Gutierrez thought. She was last seen shortly after she clocked out of work.
Her car was witnessed leaving the club parking lot at 9:25 p.m., but it hasn't been confirmed that she was driving it. She has never been heard from again. Her friends began searching for her when she failed to meet them as planned; they called the police at 2:00 a.m. on August 24.
Gutierrez's car, a 1971 Dodge Challenger, was found abandoned the day after her disappearance in a parking lot across the street from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where she held a second job. The location is adjacent to the bus stop where investigators believe Gutierrez thought she would meet her friend; the friend was actually at another bus stop 500 yards down the road. There were no signs of a struggle at the scene.
At the time of her disappearance, Gutierrez was attending Montgomery College. She moved to the United States four or five years prior to her disappearance. Shortly before she vanished she became engAge at the time of disappearance: d to an Iranian student from Pennsylvania. Her case remains unsolved.
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Montgomery County Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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October 12, 2004. August 1, 2012; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : description added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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