Treasure Valley, Washington authorities seek public's help to find missing woman

Statesman staffOctober 28, 2013 

Investigators believe that someone in the Boise area may have information that could help locate a missing Washington state woman.

Esthela Rios-Gonzalez, 30, of Toppenish, 21 miles southeast of Yakima, was reported missing in early October. Authorities in Washington state said she might have been in the company of her ex-boyfriend. German Garcia, 40.

Rios-Gonzalez's van was discovered last week in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant in Garden City. The van was abandoned there in early October, police said.

Garden City police said members of the Yakima County Sheriff's Office are in the Treasure Valley and are working with local authorities to find the woman.

“There are extraordinary circumstances in this case and we believe someone in the Treasure Valley may have clues as to the whereabouts of Mrs. Rios-Gonzalez.” Yakima County sheriff’s Det. Dave Johnson, the lead investigator in the case, said.

Johnson pieced together the following timeline:

• Oct. 1: Rios-Gonzalez left her home in Toppenish.

• Oct. 2: Family members reported Rios-Gonzalez missing to authorities.

• Oct. 2: Detectives learned that both Rios-Gonzalez and Garcia were leaving a Casino together in Yakima County at about 1 a.m. They were in her Chevrolet van. She was a passenger. • Oct. 4: Detectives had tracked Garcia to the Treasure Valley area.

• Oct. 8: Police released descriptions of Rios-Gonzalez, Garcia and the van.

• Oct. 10: Detectives learned that Garcia had stayed one night alone in a Boise motel.

• Oct. 25: Rios-Gonzalez’s van was recovered abandoned at McDonald’s.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rios-Gonzalez or Garcia is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS or log on to www.343cops.com.

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