The remains of an Arizona kindergarten teacher who went missing after she bailed out a man from jail may have been found, police said.
Deer Valley Unified School District announced the death of Cathryn Gorospe, a kindergarten teacher, in a statement Saturday. Gorospe vanished last week after she bailed out a man from jail who police said she might have been involved with romantically.
Flagstaff police found the body of an adult woman who they believe to be Gorospe, the department said in a statement. The identity of the body is still awaiting a positive identification, police said.
“The Flagstaff Police Department would like to express our condolences to her family and thank the public for their patience and assistance during the search for Cathryn,” Flagstaff police said.
The cause of death and location of the body hasn’t been revealed, the Arizona Republic reported.
Gorospe was reported missing by her roommate, who became concerned after the woman was gone for some time without making arrangements for her dog, according to the Arizona Republic.
The last known sighting of Gorospe was on Oct. 6 as she was leaving Phoenix after posting bail for Charlie Malzahn.
Malzahn was taken into custody on Oct. 9 and was charged with using Gorospe’s credit and debit cards. He was found with Gorospe's car, which police said had bloodstains in its interior, the newspaper reported.
After he was taken into custody, Malzahn “committed aggravated assault on two police officers by putting his cuffs around one officer’s head and neck and by fighting with both officers causing injuries to both officers,” according to court records.
The 27-year-old also was accused of physically assaulting a female Arizona State University student in her dorm room on Oct. 8, before his latest arrest, according to the Arizona Republic.
Malzahn was reportedly known to police in Williams, Ariz., with arrests related to assaults, theft and alcohol-related crimes. He is also the stepson of Williams' chief of police, the newspaper reported.
Loved ones held a candlelight vigil for Gorospe Saturday night where they wore green – her favorite color – and shared memories.
“Cathryn’s friends and colleagues at Arrowhead School and throughout DVUSD had hoped and prayed for a different outcome,” the school district said in a statement. “During this difficult time, we feel fortunate to belong to a school and district family where we support and take care of each other.”
The school district said it did not have details about a funeral service at this time.