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Brazen Scam Being Perpetrated on The Elderly

Brazen Scam Being Perpetrated on The Elderly-***$500 REWARD OFFERED***

On June 17, a couple in their 80’s from Dewey, Arizona, were flagged down near the Wal Mart on Glassford Hill in Prescott Valley, by a suspect in a newer model white Chevy pickup, possibly 4 doors.  The man told them he noticed some damage to their car and asked if they would like it fixed. The suspect claimed a connection with the local Honda dealer. They said they lived in Dewey, and he asked how far away that was then agreed to follow them home. Once at the house, a second man approached and carried their groceries into the house for them.  After that, the two men “worked” on their car for a short period of time and replaced two body panel clips.  The suspects then invited themselves into the house and told the couple the repair would cost $5500 cash and would follow them to their bank to get the money.

The female victim balked at the demand, went into a bedroom and closed the door. She called the Honda dealership to determine if the men were legitimate. While she was on the phone, one of the suspects barged in and asked her who she was talking to.  She told him that she was not going to access her bank account on the computer in the room with him there, so he left. Eventually, the suspects negotiated the repair cost down to $800 dollars. The victim remained on the phone until the two men finally left without getting any money.

Since the first report, three additional victims have been identified.  

The couple disagreed on whether the suspects were Caucasian or light-skinned Hispanics, but they were both in their 40’s and the driver was “huskier” than the passenger and had a small mustache.  Both were clean-cut, “tidy,” about 6’ tall with brown hair.

Help us stop them!  If you recognize this vehicle or these suspects call us immediately!   If anyone has information regarding the suspects, please call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. You can submit tips online at  Information leading to an arrest, in this case, could earn the tipster $500.00!

 Refer to case 19-020626.

Double Homicide (Cold Case from 1999)

Double Homicide (Cold Case from 1999)-20 years since the homicide of Rebecca Rubalcava and William Rodriguez

Silent Witness needs your help. We are asking for information on the following 1999 homicides:

20 years ago, on April 23, 1999 the bodies of 20-year-old Rebecca Rubalcava and 39-year-old William Rodriguez, were found off of Hwy 93 between Wickenburg and Kingman in Yavapai County. Both victims had been shot in the head. Both of the victims were from the Phoenix area and had last lived in the area of 17th Avenue and Buckeye Road. If you have any information about this homicide you are asked to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. You never have to give your name and a $10,000.00 cash reward is being offered.

Introducing the Yavapai Silent Witness Online Tip System or

Introducing the Yavapai Silent Witness Online Tip System or

Yavapai Silent Witness now has a new online tip system which allows anonymous tipsters to deliver tips in three different ways. It’s the tipsters’ choice. They can deliver their tip the traditional way by calling 1-800-932-3232, go to, or they can download the P3 app to their mobile devices and send tips from their phone. The system also allows the tipster to send photos, videos or audio files along with their tips if they choose.

The advantage of the web app and the mobile app is that the administrator can ask questions of the tipster online to clarify the tip. This dialog is still anonymous. Silent Witness personnel have no way of knowing who you are or where the tip is coming from. The tipster can also update their tips anytime within this system.
As you can see, it is now even easier to provide information that leads to a felony arrest and receive your cash reward.



The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating an individual who used a stolen credit card.  

In early February of 2019, deputies were dispatched to meet with a Prescott county resident regarding the illegal use of her credit card. The same day, the victim was contacted by her bank who alerted her to unusual charges on the account. The victim indicated that the card attached to this account was never received and suspected it had been stolen from her mailbox. 
The victim learned the stolen card was used at the Maverik station in Dewey and the WalMart on Highway 69 in Prescott on the day of her report. 

If you have any information on this subject or this crime, please call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or  If you provide information that leads to an arrest you could earn a cash reward.  All tipsters remain completely anonymous.



The Prescott Valley Police Department is looking for suspects who vandalized the Valley Of Lights

Prescott Valley Police Department is seeking Information:


On 12/23/2018, it was reported that an unknown person or persons had damaged displays at the Valley of lights located near Fain Park in the Town of Prescott Valley Arizona. As well as the damage done to the Valley of lights, there were also several items stolen which include: 20 to 30 electrical extension cords varying in lengths from 25 to 100 feet and varying in colors from blue, orange and yellow; 4 silver/gray colored electrical controller boxes; and 50-60 green colored 3 way electrical socket splitters. The total value of damage and stolen property is $11,700.00.

At this time there were are no known suspects or witnesses.

If you have any information about the theft or vandalism to the Valley of Lights, please call Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. You never have to give your name and a cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.



On October 1, 2018 a Cornville home was burglarized and several firearms were stolen. The suspect, along with an accomplice, entered he garage of the home and stole several rifles and gun cases. Spencer Goddard Morton is being sought for questioning. He is 42 years old, 6 feet tall, 165 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. 

If you see Mr. Morton please call Silent Witness immediately. A reward is being offered for information leading to his apprehension. And remember, you never have to give your name.

$1,000 REWARD

Yavapai Silent Witness has received $12,000.00 in donations in just 5 days from local businesses and private citizens to be used in the war against fentanyl. The Yavapai Silent Witness board of directors have agreed to offer a $1,000.00 cash reward for every tip leading to the arrest of any fentanyl dealer in Yavapai County. Tips must be received at 1-800-932-3232 to be eligible for the reward.
Plastic Bottle Bomb

Plastic Bottle Bomb

Officers responded to the 700 block of East Mingus Avenue in Cottonwood, AZ for a suspicious object or item. That object turned out to be a “soda bottle bomb”. Cottonwood Fire and Medical were also called to the scene to assist. There were two of these 2 liter bottle type explosive devices; one had detonated, the other had not. Fire crew on scene “detonated” the device and it was seized as evidence.

If you have any information please contact Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Remember, you never have to give your name.


**UPDATE** SECOND SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN SEPTIC SCAM-84 year old - taken for $30,000

UPDATE:  The second suspect in this $30,000 scam has been identified as 58-year old John Williamson.  He is described as a white male 5 feet 11 inches, 175 pounds with green eyes and brown hair.  His last known address was on Clark drive in Gilbert and he is also known to have ties to Texas.  


  In July of this year, YCSO detectives began investigating the theft of $30,000 from an 84-year-old woman involved in a scam. The woman told detectives that upon returning from a trip 2 men showed up at her door arriving in a black truck. They told her that while she was gone, it was necessary to replace her entire septic system at a cost of $67,000. Her first response was that of panic because she did not have that much money. They told her she could make payments and suggested going to the bank to obtain what cash she could. Under duress, she agreed and they followed her to a Prescott area bank while they waited across the street. The 84-year-victim withdrew $12,500, went across the street and surrendered the cash to the suspects. The next day, the same 2 men came back and asked for more money and she wrote out a check for $17,500 and the men left. On the following day, she received a call from a bank in Flagstaff, Arizona, requesting her authorization to cash the check and she told them yes, based on the work completed. The bank then cashed the check. It was at this time it appeared to the victim that nothing had been done on her property to replace her septic system and she realized it was a scam. The victim claimed she never met these men until returning from her trip.

Detectives believe the suspects may have entered the home while she was away and discovered the victim's bank balance on a statement visible in her home. Detectives have identified the suspects truck as a black 2012-2014 Ford F150 4 door. Extensive follow-up and review of bank evidence and video resulted in the identification of one of the men, shown in a black shirt, as 45-year-old Daniel Jay Miller, a transient possibly living in the Flagstaff area. Miller is 5 feet 07 inches tall, 180 pounds, blue eyes and blond hair with a goatee. A $50,000 warrant has been issued for Miller who has not been located.

 Detectives learned both suspects shared the stolen money.

UPDATE: On 10/24/2018 Daniel Miller was arrested. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. A direct tip to Silent Witness resulting in an arrest becomes eligible for a cash reward.


During the first part of September 2018 the Chino Valley police have taken several reports of vehicle burglaries. In one case the stolen property was a purple and black Ruger SR22P handgun.

If you have any information about these burglaries you are asked to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Remember, you never have to give your name and a cash reward is being offered.

YCSO Seeking Identity of Skeletal Remains

Facial ReconstructionOn March 8, 2015, skeletal remains were located in a remote part of Yavapai County near Juniper Woods Ranch between Ashfork and Drake. The remains have been determined to be a male, likely of Latino or mixed ancestry, however Asian or derived-Asian ancestries cannot be excluded definitively. The male’s estimated age is 21-46 years with greatest likelihood 25-35 years, and a height 5’5”-5’9” tall. The subject had dental restorations including multiple enamel pearls. It is believed the subject had been deceased for up to one year at the time the remains were found.

A facial reconstruction was completed. (Photos attached).

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding the identity of this person. Please call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Remember that you never have to give your name and a cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.
Double Homicide (Cold Case from 2003)

Double Homicide (Cold Case from 2003)-Rumbaugh and Gurrieri

Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a $10,000.00 cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect in the 2003 double murder near Bumble Bee, Arizona. On Friday, October 17, 2003 Brandon Rumbaugh and his girlfriend Lisa Gurrieri left Scottsdale, AZ for an overnight camping trip north of Phoenix. The couple borrowed a 2000 white Ford F-150 pick-up truck and were to return the following day. When the couple did not return friends and family began to search. Later, the couple’s bodies were found shot to death lying in the bed of the borrowed pick-up. The pick-up was parked in a dirt parking area off of the Bumble Bee Road a short distance from Interstate 17. If you have any information about this double murder please call 1-800-932-3232 and remember that you never have to give your name!

Reward Increased to $10,000 in Theft and Vandalism Case

Reward Increased to $10,000 in Theft and Vandalism Case

Yavapai Silent Witness is now offering a $10,000.00 cash reward for the arrest of the suspects in a recent ranch vandalism and theft! On June 7, 2017, someone stole a pick-up truck from a ranch located approximately 10 miles east of Interstate 17 off of the Dugas Road. After taking the pick-up, the thief drove the pick-up through several ranch gates causing thousands of dollar's worth of damage.

The pick-up (which is still missing) is a gray 2002 Chevrolet ½ ton extended cab with a 4 inch lift and a white toolbox in the bed. The pick-up also has a black brush guard on the front, as well as an 8000-pound winch in the front. The vehicle’s license plate number is Arizona 243HCZ.

UPDATE: The stolen pickup truck has been recovered in Tuba City, Arizona. The vehicle was recovered by the FBI while they were chasing a wanted felon. If you have any information on the connection between Tuba City and Camp Verde please call 1-800-932-3232. If your information leads to the arrest of the suspect in the ranch vandalism, you will be offered a cash reward. If you have any information on this theft and vandalism, you are asked to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. A $10,000.00 cash reward is being offered and you never have to give your name.

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