Body of Palm Springs firefighter's missing sister believed to have been found in Arizona

Remains are most likely those of Cathryn Gorospe

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Police in Flagstaff say they've found what is likely the body of a 44-year-old woman who went missing a week ago when she posted bond for a man she'd had a romantic relationship with.
Police say they discovered the remains on Friday evening, one week after kindergarten teacher Cathryn Gorospe went missing. The body hasn't been positively identified but police believe it belongs to Gorospe. 

Gorospe is the sister of Palm Springs Fire Captain Cory Gorospe, who traveled with family and fellow firefighters to Arizona to help search for her.
Flagstaff police wouldn't say where the body was found or what the cause of death was, but Flagstaff Police Dept. Sgt. Cory Runge said, "Initially this does appear to be a homicide investigation versus natural causes or an accident."  An autopsy is pending.

"The Flagstaff Police Department would like to express our condolences to her family and thank the public for their patience and assistance during the search for Cathryn," said Runge.
Gorospe hadn't been seen since posting bond for 27-year-old Charlie Malzahn.
Malzahn had been jailed since Aug. 20 on charges of theft of a means of transportation, being a prohibited possessor of a gun and possessing a gun during the commission of a felony.
The woman's vehicle was spotted early Monday in Phoenix. Malzahn was arrested after he crashed the SUV following a police pursuit.  Authorities say Malzahn would not tell investigators about the woman's whereabouts.

"From what I have been told, Cathryn was an avid hiker, and loves the rural nature of northern Arizona," explained Runge.  "She had moved to Williams during the summer, and from what he has learned, that's where she and Charlie met this summer."

Malzahn was also caught using Gorospe's credit cards near the New Mexico border on Saturday, a day before her roommate reporter her missing.

When she wasn't teaching, Gorospe traveled to Flagstaff and Williams, AZ for her second job as an announcer on an historic train line.

Stay with CBS Local 2 and KESQ for more information on this developing story.

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