2019 | Police & Fire

Homicide Victim Was Reported Missing Multiple Times

Police releasing few details about body found Friday in Dickerson


A Washington, D.C., woman whose body was found Friday with an apparent gunshot wound in a wooded area in Dickerson was reported missing multiple times in the past two years.

D.C. police spokesperson Karimah Bilal confirmed in an email to Bethesda Beat that Sara Gutierrez-Villatoro, 19, was the subject of multiple missing-person alerts.

According to a series of Twitter posts, Gutierrez-Villatoro had been reported as a “critical missing” person on March 22, 2018, before she was located March 27.

She was again reported as a critical missing person Nov. 1, 2018, and found three days later, according to the D.C. Police Department’s Twitter page.

Gutierrez-Villatoro was reported missing a third time Nov. 30, 2018, and was located Dec. 1, 2018. Bilal declined to elaborate on any of the incidents.

Gutierrez-Villatoro was not listed a missing person at the time of her death, Bilal wrote.

“There is no additional information to provide,” Bilal wrote.

Four days after Gutierrez-Villatoro’s body was found in a wooded area in Dickerson, D.C. and Montgomery County police have released few details about the investigation.

Around noon on Friday, a passerby found her body in the 25700 block of Old Hundred Road. Gutierrez-Villatoro had “an apparent gunshot wound on her body,” police wrote in a news release on Sunday night announcing her death.

The news release did not clarify where Gutierrez-Villatoro had been shot or if it was the cause of her death, and Montgomery County police spokeswoman Rebecca Innocenti declined to elaborate on Monday afternoon.

Police said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore ruled her death a homicide.

Innocenti said police did not have any suspect information as of Tuesday and declined to comment further.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com