Police ask for witnesses who were in Longmont bar parking lot on night woman was last seen

Posted at 9:52 PM, Mar 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-26 23:52:46-04

LONGMONT, Colo. – Police said Monday they are looking for people who were at a Longmont bar the same night a missing woman was last seen there earlier this month.

Rita Gutierrez-Garcia remains missing after she was last seen near the 3’s Bar on Main Street in the early-morning hours of March 18.

Monday, Longmont police put out another notice, asking anyone who was in the area of the bar, or in its west parking lot off Coffman Street, between 2:15 and 3:15 a.m. on March 18 to contact police. Gutierrez-Garcia and friends had gotten out of the nearby Breakers Grill shortly beforehand.

The request included “bar patrons and employees, delivery trucks, designated drivers, etc. who may have seen Rita while in the area.”

They also asked “anyone who has seen or spoke with Rita” since that morning to contact police.

Authorities searched a Longmont pond Saturday morning in connection to the case, but did not say they had found anything related to Gutierrez-Garcia’s disappearance.

Witnesses and friends who spoke with police said there were other people in parking lot at that time that saw Gutierrez-Garcia and talked to her.

“We do not know who all those people are and we are asking that anybody who was in that parking lot that night (Saturday into Sunday morning), we’re asking that they call the Longmont Police Department and tell us what they saw,” a police spokesperson said over the weekend.

The spokesperson said investigators know the woman was on the phone with somebody before she went missing, but they do not know who that person was.

Gutierrez-Garcia was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt with black leggings.

She is 5-foot-7, weighs 140 pounds and has brown hair and eyes.

Her mother said Gutierrez-Garcia has tattoos on both arms, as well as on one of her shoulders and on her feet. She also has piercings on her ears and tongue. The missing woman's mother did not describe the tattoos in detail. 

If you have any information about her whereabouts, you are asked to call the Longmont Police Department immediately at (303) 651-8501.