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Missoula man facing homicide charge in death of girlfriend

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30-year-old Emmanuel Gomez (far left) appeared in Missoula County Justice Court on Monday. (MTN News photo) 30-year-old Emmanuel Gomez (far left) appeared in Missoula County Justice Court on Monday. (MTN News photo)
Charlie Ann Wyrick was reported missing on Dec. 24. Charlie Ann Wyrick was reported missing on Dec. 24.
The woman's body was found Sunday on the Deer Creek side of Pattee Canyon Road (MTN News photo) The woman's body was found Sunday on the Deer Creek side of Pattee Canyon Road (MTN News photo)
MISSOULA -

A Missoula man has been charged with deliberate homicide after his girlfriend was found dead near Pattee Canyon Sunday morning.

The woman has been identified as 26-year-old Charlie Ann Wyrick of Missoula, and prosecutors say she was killed by her boyfriend, 30-year-old Emmanuel Gomez. 

Gomez appeared in Missoula County Justice Court on Monday afternoon where Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst requested that his bail be set at $1 million. Justice Court Judge Karen Orzech ultimately agreed with Pabst's bail request.

"He's an extreme community safety risk," Pabst said. "This was also, sort of a culmination of a series of events in crimes against this particular individual."

Wyrick's body was found around 11:30 a.m. Sunday on the Deer Creek side of Pattee Canyon, after a law enforcement conducted a missing person search. 

Wyrick had been missing since last Monday.

Prosecutors say a co-worker requested a welfare check for Wyrick after she did not come to work for several days.

That co-worker told detectives Wyrick was in an abusive relationship, saying she had come to work with injuries on multiple occasions.

Wyrick also told the coworker about some of the assaults, but refused to report these incidents to police because she feared Gomez.

On Dec 19, Wyrick told her co-worker that Gomez threatened to kill her if she upset him again. She also told her co-worker to report her missing if she didn't come to work the following week, as she was planning on leaving Gomez.

While trying to leave his home, Gomez forced Wyrick into his vehicle and took her to Pattee Canyon, where he had taken her in the past to beat and threaten her. Prosecutors say he possibly pushed her off the edge of the road, causing her to fall about 50 feet. It is unknown if she died prior to the impact.

Gomez is charged with one count of deliberate homicide, a felony, and partner or family member assault, a misdemeanor. Gomez faces life in prison if convicted.

His next hearing is set for Tuesday, Jan 12 at 4 p.m. 

An online fund has been created in order to raise money for Wyrick's funeral costs. Click here to donate.

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