Missing Longmont mom’s family gathers to pray for her safe return

LONGMONT, Colo. -- The family of a missing Longmont woman missing for a week took a break from their search to gather at a park on Sunday to pray for her safe return.

Rita Gutierrez-Garcia, 34, was last seen in an alleyway behind 3’s Bar in downtown Longmont about 2:30 a.m. on March 18.

Since her disappearance, police and her family have been searching everywhere for her whereabouts.

They gathered Sunday to pray for her safe return to her family and three sons.

"It’s hard looking alleys and places you really don’t want to think of," said her cousin Anitra Dominguez.

On Saturday, the Longmont Police Department searched Golden Ponds Park with a dive team and search dogs.

Investigators did not find anything relevant to the case and Gutierrez-Garcia's mother, Diane Romero, said she's grateful they left the pond empty handed.

"That means there is still hope. I haven’t given up on Rita, I haven’t given up. I’m glad you weren’t there yesterday because it means there is still hope," Romero said.

Her family said they will continue to spread the word about her disappearance and pray for her safe return.

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