Search continues for missing Cotati woman

  • Steve Coolbaugh puts up a missing poster in front of the Santa Rosa Plaza of his wife Noemi who has been missing since June 22, 2014. Noemi Coolbaugh was visiting her sister in Gilroy when she went missing. Steve Coolbaugh was joined by a dozen friends to post fliers all over downtown Santa Rosa. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Time for Steve Coolbaugh these days is measured in “since she left.”

“Today is day 22 since she left,” the Cotati resident said Monday. That is, it has been more than three weeks since his wife, Mimi, has been missing.

Noemi “Mimi” Coolbaugh walked away from her sister’s home in Gilroy last month under unexplained circumstances. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Mimi Coolbaugh, Missing Cotati Resident


Gilroy police haven’t been able to devote many resources to her case, not having any suspicions of foul play.

Cotati police have checked on her residence there and have helped Steve Coolbaugh begin his own searches, but acknowledge that there’s not too much to be done with no clues to go on.

The situation is complicated because Mimi Coolbaugh is an adult and apparently left of her own volition, although she likely is depressed and may have had suicidal thoughts, her husband said.

“I was going through my mind this morning trying to get in my wife’s head,” Steve Coolbaugh said. “For her to have left that morning, she had to have been in so much pain.”

Their teenage son has been treated for mental health issues, he said, and Mimi was depressed that he hadn’t been doing well recently.

The couple has run a computer networking company in Cotati for the past 14 years.

Mimi Coolbaugh, 49, was last seen around 7:30 a.m. June 22 when she left her sister’s house on foot. She didn’t take her cellphone, keys or purse, Sgt. Pedro Espinoza said.

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