Bondsman warned teacher not to pay bail

PHOENIX (AP) — A bail bondsman tried to talk an Arizona teacher out of putting up cash for a convicted felon multiple times before she did and went missing shortly after, the man said Wednesday.

Tom Watson said he spoke to Cathryn Gorospe over the phone for several weeks before she decided to post bond for Charlie Malzahn, 27, on Oct. 6. Malzahn quickly became a suspect that weekend as authorities, family and friends searched for Gorospe.

Officials will use DNA testing to determine if remains found on private, rural property in Mayer are those of Gorospe, Flagstaff spokesman Cory Runge said.

The first time they spoke, he explained the bond process to Gorospe, and learned she only knew Malzahn for about a month and that they had gone on dates, Watson said.

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