Carmella Maria Gutierrez
Gutierrez, approximately 1990
Date and time person was reported missing : 01/09/1990
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 03/19/1943 (78)
Age at the time of disappearance: 47 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0 - 5'4, 120 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown/red hair, brown eyes. Gutierrez's ears are pierced and she may wear contact lenses or eyeglasses. She may use the last names Hodgeman and/or Sardegna. She has previously fractured her right toe and her right knee, with numerous resulting sutures in the knee area. She has had an appendectomy and a hysterectomy.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Gutierrez relocated from Brookfield, Connecticut to Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1989. Her son, Dan Hodgman, told authorities that his mother planned to leave her husband sometime during 1990. Gutierrez disappeared shortly afterwards and has never been heard from again.
Hodgman resided in Danbury, Connecticut at the time of Gutierrez's disappearance. He spent several weeks in Chattanooga and hired a private investigator and a psychic in an attempt to locate his mother. He believes his mother was murdered, but there are few clues in Gutierrez's case.
Gutierrez's husband said they traveled to Riverdale, Georgia on June 1. He claimed that she and a female companion left the Hometown Inn where they were staying along Highway 89 and he never saw her again. Gutierrez's disappearance remains unsolved.
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The National Center for Missing Adults
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