Sierra LaMar Volunteers Join Search for Missing Woman in Gilroy, Noemi "Mimi" Coolbaugh

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    The search for a missing woman in the South Bay intensified Wednesday morning. Volunteers who have spent the past two years looking for Sierra LaMar are now lending their help in this newer case. Derek Shore reports. (Published Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014)

    The search for a missing woman in the South Bay intensified Wednesday morning, as volunteers who have spent the past two years looking for Sierra LaMar began to lend their help in this newer case.

    Noemi "Mimi" Coolbaugh was last seen a week and a half ago.

    Coolbaugh’s family is worried sick but very grateful for the volunteers' help. Wednesday morning, search crews spread out along a creek and the perimeter of Gilroy’s Christmas Hill Park, not far from where Coolbaugh disappeared on June 22.

    Searchers handed out fliers and planned to talk to both passersby and homeless people in the area.

    Coolbaugh’s family tells NBC Bay Area the 49-year-old mother from Cotati had been visiting her sister in Gilroy and was suffering from depression. She left her sister's home with just the clothes on her back.

    Coolbaugh's husband, Steve, wanted to send a message directly to his wife Wednesday.

    "Mimi, if you're seeing this, I love you. (Our son) Nathan loves you. Please come home,” he said. “I'll change anything Mimi, anything you want, our family, our home, the business, we'll let it all go. And we'll start afresh, but please come home Mimi."

    Searchers, many who helped out with the search for Sierra Lamar, said they are dedicated to bringing Coolbaugh home.

    "We would love to have the public's help in getting the word out and keeping Mimi Coolbaugh's picture and information out there, so we can find her and bring her home,” search leader Roger Nelson said.

    Coolbaugh is 5'6” and 130 pounds. There is a $5,000 reward for help leading to finding her. Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call Gilroy police.