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* Gilroy woman Martha Gutierrez believe was shot and likely killed still missing

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Police continue to tackle the case of missing Gilroy woman Martha Gutierrez, who investigators believe was shot and likely killed last week by her 27-year-old son, even after the physical have fatally shot his 11-year-old sister Lucero Luna Gutierrez, on Wednesday in the family’s apartment home at 9005 Kern Ave. before turning the gun on himself, Sgt. Chad Gallacinao said.

Detectives said Abel Gutierrez also shot his mother, whom they believe is either critically injured or dead.Police found the woman’s cellphone and evidence that a violent assault took place inside Abel Gutierrez’s green 2004 Ford Mustang. Search crews over the weekend combed Gilroy, rural areas of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and several other surrounding areas, but found no trace of her, according to police.

Gallacinao said that based on the timeline o Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito or Monterey — but that without a specific area to search, authorities have few clues to go on. “We need to narrow down the area,” he said. “As more time passes by, we believe the likelihood of finding her alive greatly reduces.” All investigative leads pointing to Martha Gutierrez’s possible whereabouts have been exhausted, police said. Gallacinao said police are ready to resume the physical search for the 52-year-old once new leads have developed.

Investigators are now reviewing forensic evidence taken from the car and the apartment, where Martha Gutierrez was last seen Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., Gallacinao said. Police are also asking for the public’s help in finding Martha Gutierrez and to establish Abel Gutierrez’s whereabouts at the time of the shooting. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Detective Michael Bolton at (408) 846-0350 or an anonymous tip line at (800) 782-7463.

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