Brett Gitchel arrested in connection with missing woman

Leticia Martinez-Cosman and Brett Gitchel (Seattle Police Department)

A 46-year-old Seattle, Washington man is behind bars after police say he attended a Major League Baseball game last week with a woman who has not been seen or heard from since. that she left the stadium and is presumed dead.

Brett Gitchel was taken into custody Thursday “for a murder and kidnapping investigation” in connection with the disappearance of Leticia Martinez-Cosman, 58, authorities said.

According to a Seattle Police Department press release, Gitchel and Martinez-Cosman were last seen together on the evening of March 31, attending a Seattle Mariners game at T-Mobile Park. Martinez-Cosman has not been seen or contacted by family or friends since the game.

Authorities described Martinez-Cosman as 5-foot-9 and weighing about 135 pounds with green eyes and brown hair.

Gitchel has not been formally charged in the case, but a King County judge ruled Friday that prosecutors have proven probable cause to detain Gitchel as they continue to investigate Gitchel’s disappearance. Martinez-Cosman, reported the Seattle Times.

In addition to the murder and kidnapping investigation, police say Gitchel is also being held for investigation into an alleged assault, robbery and illegal possession of a firearm. These latest allegations stem from the kidnapping of Martinez-Cosman’s son and the theft of jewelry.

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