Family and friends of a Valley woman are asking for help in locating the 25-year-old after she bought a gun and left in her vehicle last week.
Holly Marie Bruce was last heard from on Wednesday when she told family she was leaving town. She has not been heard from or answered her cell phone since.
Those close to her believe Bruce may have come to the Rim Country, specifically the Fossil Creek area, where she liked to hike.
On Sunday, Gila County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched near the Fossil Creek trailhead, but found no sign of Bruce or her 2001 gray Jeep Wrangler.
Early media accounts said Bruce might be suicidal. During a search of her home, family members found a receipt for a handgun dated Jan. 4, the same day she went missing.
Bruce reportedly battled depression since her father committed suicide 10 years ago and more recently, after she was involved in a fatal vehicle/pedestrian accident in the Valley where a man was killed crossing a roadway.
In an e-mail, one of Bruce’s friends said the media has exaggerated the depression angle.
“She is a lovely girl and despite having had problems and personal issues over the last months and a drama in her family background, she is loved dearly by her family and many friends and is usually perceived as a vibrant, hard-working, caring and artistic lady who’s successfully managed a popular breakfast restaurant in Tempe for the past five years,” said Megan McKenzie, who also worked with Bruce at one time.
Bruce was attending college and reportedly had a talent for drawing.
“The idea that she would commit suicide is just unthinkable to those of us who’ve the privilege to know her,” McKenzie said.
“We all just want her back safe and sound.”
Bruce is 5’ 4” tall, 110 pounds with shoulder length brown hair and brown eyes.
Her Wrangler has an Arizona license plate B5XYW.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department at (602) 534-2121 or email@example.com.