Cathryn Gorospe, a Glendale kindergarten teacher who disappeared after she posted bond for a convicted felon last month, was stabbed to death, Flagstaff police said Wednesday.
Gorospe, 44, was reported missing after she didn’t return home from bailing Charlie Malzahn out of a Coconino County jail. Her remains were found Oct. 13 on a remote roadside in Mayer.
An official report from the Medical Examiner’s Office was still pending Wednesday.
Police have requested that the Coconino County Attorney’s Office file formal murder charges against Malzahn, but no such filing has been made.
It remains unclear when formal murder charges could be filed.
“There’s some information indicating this was likely a spur-of-the-moment bit of rage,” Flagstaff police spokesman Cory Runge previously told The Arizona Republic. “We don’t have any indication that this was a premeditated homicide at this point. That could change as more evidence is developed.”
Malzahn, 27, remains in custody without bond on unrelated charges out of Phoenix.
Based on the blood found in Gorospe’s Toyota Rav4, along with other evidence gleaned thus far in the investigation, detectives believe Gorospe was killed in Coconino County, police have said.
Investigators believe Malzahn drove into Yavapai County and dumped Gorospe’s body on private property near Nugget Mine Road, off State Route 69, in Mayer.
Her remains were located after Malzahn gave police “explicit” directions to the site, Runge said.
Gorospe apparently met Malzahn in Williams, a town of 6,000 off Interstate 40, where she spent the summer working with the Grand Canyon Railway. Malzahn, the troubled stepson of the town’s police chief, was a server in town.
On Oct. 6, she drove to Flagstaff and met with a bail bondsman, who said he reluctantly agreed to help her foot Malzahn’s $20,000 bond.
Malzahn and Gorospe drove away from the Coconino County Jail in Flagstaff together about 10 p.m. Oct. 6. Police haven’t revealed what exactly they did or where they went.
Gorospe’s roommate in Glendale reported her missing the afternoon of Oct. 8. About that same time, Malzahn tried using her credit and debit cards in Tucson, police said. Then he drove to Tempe, where, police say, he physically assaulted a woman in her room on Arizona State University’s campus before carjacking another woman at a nearby parking lot.
Police said he fled the scene but was arrested 20 miles away early Oct. 9 by Phoenix officers early Oct. 9.
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