Woman and infant son missing in valley | VailDaily.com

Woman and infant son missing in valley

Matt Zalaznick

More troubling is that the woman, Denise Schlotterer, has been spotted in recent days around Avon and Edwards without her 17-month-old son Zachary, says the woman’s mother, Monika Gotthold.

“This is too long and the baby is with her,” says Gotthold, who lived in the valley until about three months ago. “I don’t know what’s happening and I want to find her.”

Gotthold, who now lives in Denver, would like for her daughter to call home, she says.

Two weeks ago, Schlotterer told her husband she was going for a walk with their son but instead boarded a Greyhound bus to Vail with the toddler, Gotthold says.

This is not the first time Schlotterer has taken the bus to Vail without telling anyone, Gotthold says. But she has never been missing for longer.

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“She just said to her husband that she was taking Zachary for a walk,” Gotthold says.

Denise has a slight developmental disability, Gotthold says.

She also doesn’t always tell to the truth about herself to people she meets, sometimes saying things like she has a husband in Michigan, Gotthold says.

“She’s very nice and she’s very friendly,” Gotthold says. “She will go up and talk to lots of people.”

Gotthold has been hanging up posters with pictures of her daughter and grandson around the valley. Denise has been spotted in the last few days near the Edwards trailer park and in Avon, Gotthold says.

“A lot of times she hasn’t had the baby,” Gotthold says.

Denise is not a stranger to the valley, Gotthold says.

“A lot of people know her here,” Gotthold says. “But I don’t know why she left.”

Anyone who spots Denise Schlotterer or her son Zachary is asked to call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at 328-8500.

Matt Zalaznick can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 606, or via e-mail at mzalaznick@vaildaily.com.

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