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  1. #1
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    Sep 2004

    MD - Zita Cecilia Gutierrez, 24, Bethesda, 22 Aug 1980

    Zita Cecilia Gutierrez
    Missing since August 22, 1980 from Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland.
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: October 23, 1956
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 24 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'0; 110 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic female. Black hair; brown eyes.
    Dentals: Slight separation between upper front teeth
    AKA: Cecilia

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Gutierrez was last seen leaving the Kenwood Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland on August 22, 1980.

    The Montgomery College student from Rockville, who was known to most as Cecilia, was working two summer jobs to pay for her education and make ends meet. She had a position at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda and had been working for about a week as a cocktail waitress at Kenwood Country Club, also in Bethesda. After finishing her shift at Kenwood one night, Gutierrez left to meet her fiancé and some friends at a local nightclub.

    Gutierrez has not been seen since.

    On August 23, 1980, the day after her disappearance, her 1971 Dodge Challenger was found in a parking lot adjacent to a bus stop near NIH, said Detective Jayne Bowers of the Montgomery County Police Department, who has been working on the case since 2003.

    Gutierrez was supposed to pick up a friend near NIH by 9:30 p.m. August 22, 1980. Although a co-worker saw her car leaving the country club shortly after she checked out of work at 9:25 p.m., he could not confirm whether she was in it, Bowers said. Authorities believe Zita thought that she would meet that friend at the bus stop that is right at NIH, but her friend was waiting at a different bus stop farther from the facility.

    Her fiancé, an Iranian student visiting from Pennsylvania, thought Gutierrez’s car may have broken down. He picked up Gutierrez’s friend and they tried to find Gutierrez, but after an unsuccessful search they called police at 2 a.m.

    Police did not find any hair or nails or other evidence of a struggle in the vicinity where her car was found.

    Gutierrez is a native of Ecuador who had come to the United States five years previously.

    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Montgomery County Police Department Major Crimes

    Agency Case Number: RD# W 039 422
    NCIC Number: M-072984567
    Please refer to these numbers when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    Washington Post
    Gazette.Net 8/31/05
    The Doe Network: Case File 820DFMD


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  3. #3
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    Sep 2004
    Bumping up. This case is 28 years old this month.

  4. #4
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    Apr 2005
    orange county, ny
    As in other cases we've discussed, if someone else had driven this vehicle there should have been indications. The '71 Challenger was a big car, one of the longest overall of the musclecar era. The interior featured bucket seats, with a manual (3- or 4-speed) transmission being standard (an automatic transmission was optional). Because of the interior design, it's a long reach from the driver's seat to the pedals...A girl only 5' in height would have been practically sitting on the steering wheel to drive. Anyone else, say a typical male around 5'7" or 5'8", would almost certainly have had to adjusted the seat in order to drive the car.

  5. #5
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    Dec 2008
    Penn's woods

    Today marks 30 years that Zita has been missing.

  6. #6
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    Sep 2004

    Montgomery College...

    This case is still unsolved and Zita is still missing after more than 30 years.

  7. #7
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    Sep 2004
    Bumping case up. This year marks 35 years since Zita went missing.

  8. #8
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    Jul 2015
    Havre-de-Grace, Maryland
    Such a sad case... Whatever happened to this promising young woman?
    have you ever seen the rain?

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