Martha Gutierrez, the 52-year-old mother of the siblings involved in, remains missing as of Tuesday afternoon, and police believe she may be somewhere in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito or Monterey counties.
The four counties were determined as possible areas to search for Martha based on limited information, like the time frame police believe the incident occurred, said Sgt. Chad Gallacinao of the .
So far, extensive searches conducted by both the GPD and Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office have taken place at Gilroy’s Christmas Hill Park, the rural and isolated areas of the Santa Cruz Mountains, including portions of Mount Madonna County Park, and several locations surrounding the Gilroy area, Gallacinao said.
A also took place, with around 30 friends and acquaintances of Martha’s combing the the creek bed at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Bolsa Road near Headstart Nursery, where Martha is said to work. Others searched along Kern Avenue and Mt. Madonna County Park during the two-day search.
Police believe Martha’s son, 27-year-old Abel Gutierrez, may have harmed Martha before shooting his sister and then himself. , police said.
Authorities will continue to investigate the incident, even though Gilroy Police announced Sunday that they until more leads are developed.
“The investigative leads, which specifically pertained to Martha Gutierrez’ possible whereabouts, have been exhausted,” Gallacinoa wrote. “The Gilroy Police Department remains ready to physically search for Martha Gutierrez as new investigative leads are developed or new information is received from the public.”
Gallacinoa said determining Martha’s whereabouts is a department priority and that the investigation will remain on-going.
Anyone who may have information regarding the vehicle or Abel Gutierrez’ whereabouts prior to the incident is urged to contact Detective Michael Bolton at (408) 846-035. Anonymous tips can be left by calling the We-Tip at 1-800-782-7463 (800- 78-Crime).