|Missing wife’s husband found dead in Cotati
Steve R. Coolbaugh apparently commits suicide on July 21
The husband of a Cotati woman missing since June 22 was found dead in his home the morning of Monday, July 21, after an apparent suicide.
The man, 49-year-old Steve Ronald Coolbaugh, apparently was distraught over his missing wife, 59-year-old Noemi “Mimi” Coolbaugh, who disappeared from her sister’s home in Gilroy, leaving behind her mobile phone, keys and purse. Published reports say she left the Gilroy home in a state of depression.
She remains missing and is presumed to still be alive. Her family had placed posters offering a reward for information about her whereabouts all over Northern California. Her husband made public pleas for information about his wife, who left her sister’s home on foot around 7:30 a.m. on June 22. The family combed the Gilroy neighborhood for days but were unsuccessful in attempting to locate Mimi Coolbaugh. The search expanded to towns throughout Northern California.
Police in Gilroy and local law enforcement considered her disappearance to be a case of a missing person.
Steven Coolbaugh chartered a helicopter and hired a private investigator to search for his wife. The investigator learned she had searched for information about Lake Tahoe on her mobile phone.
Her sister, Myrna Aguilar, was putting up posters in the Lake Tahoe area when she got a text message from Steven Coolbaugh Monday morning, saying he couldn’t live without his wife. Aguilar contacted the Cotati Police Dept., asking it to check on him at the couple’s home on Pinecrest Court. But before they arrived, their Coolbaugh’s 19-year-old son called her to tell her Steven Coolbaugh was unresponsive on the floor.
The family will continue its search among growing concerns about her ability to sustain herself without money and medication.