Cathryn Gorospe update: Missing teacher died from stab wound, Flagstaff police say

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - Flagstaff police said a missing Valley teacher who was found dead near Mayer last month was stabbed to death.

The 44-year-old teacher, Cathryn Gorospe, went missing after posting bond for 27-year-old Charlie Malzahn on Oct. 6. A bail bondsman said he tried to talk Gorospe out of putting up cash for Malzahn multiple times before she did and later went missing.

Officials said Malzahn gave details and directions that narrowed the search for Gorospe's body. Her remains were found on a private, rural property in Mayer, Flagstaff police spokesman Cory Runge said.

Police told ABC15 Wednesday that the teacher died from a stab wound, however, could not give further details.

Malzahn is also suspected of assaulting a woman in an Arizona State University residence hall.

He was spotted in an SUV on Oct. 9 in Phoenix and arrested after he crashed it following a police pursuit. 

ASU police have sought charges of assault, unlawful imprisonment and trespassing in the ASU incident, spokeswoman Katy Harris said.

No charges have been filed in the death of Gorospe, but Runge said investigators are working closely with the Coconino County Attorney's Office on the matter.

Malzahn has previously served prison time for theft, aggravated assault and resisting arrest. He remains jailed in Maricopa County. 

RELATED: Vigil held for missing teacher

Print this article Back to Top

Your Region News
West Valley Phoenix Metro Southeast Valley Northeast Valley Northern Arizona Central/Southern AZ