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Cold Cases

Do you have information about any unsolved crime in Yavapai County? 
If so, call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. 
 

We don’t need your name, but we need your information and we always offer a cash reward when information leads to the arrest of a felon. 

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15 yr Old Unsolved Homicide (Cold Case from 2002)

15 yr Old Unsolved Homicide (Cold Case from 2002)-Cash Reward Offered!

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office “Cold Case” investigators are asking for help from the public in the 15 year old unsolved murder case of Arleen Cilione.

Arleen was just 60-years-old when she disappeared on the evening of September 19, 2002. Arleen was celebrating her birthday that evening and had stopped off at the American Legion and then Donna’s Hut which was located in the Park Plaza shopping center on West Goodwin Street in Prescott. Approximately 4 months later her remains were found south of Prescott just off of Hwy 89 near Wilhoit.

Friends of Arleen remember her telling them back in May or June of 2002 that she had been involved in an assault the night before at the Prescott Mining Company Restaurant which was located at 195 Plaza Drive in Prescott. The friends recall her saying that Arleen was either in the bar or just outside the front door of the restaurant when the man she was with grabbed her by the neck and assaulted her.

Going back to the night of her disappearance, witnesses remember seeing 2 taxi cabs parked nearby right around 9 pm in the parking lot of Donna’s Hut. The detectives have identified and interviewed one of the cab drivers but not the second one. Detectives feel that the unidentified cab driver could have been named Bill or Lee.

Arleen Cilione was a 60-year-old Caucasian who was 5′ 2″ and weighed 110 pounds with dark hair.

If you have any information on the assault at the Prescott Mining Company in May or June of 2002 or know the name of the cab driver in the parking lot of Donna’s Hut on September 19, 2002 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!

Double Homicide (Cold Case from 1999)

Double Homicide (Cold Case from 1999)-Rubalcava and Rodriguez

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.
Murdered While Hiking (Cold Case from 1987)

Murdered While Hiking (Cold Case from 1987)-Cathy Sposito

On June 13, 1987 Cathy Sposito was murdered while hiking on the Thumb Butte Trail west of Prescott. At about 07:00 that morning Cathy rode her mountain bike to the trail head and began hiking up the path. A short time later, Cathy was brutally murdered by one or more persons. Other hikers heard her screams for help, but no one could reach her in time.

All Cold Cases

Bombings (Cold Case from 2013) - Cottonwood/Sedona

Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a $1,000.00 cash reward and the City of Cottonwood is offering a $4,000.00 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect/s in the April 2013 bombing of 3 commercial buildings in the City of Cottonwood and one in Sedona. Police say that on April 1, 2013 the bombers started with the Spirit Gas Station at 646 N Main Street in Cottonwood then they went to the City of Cottonwood’s Human Recourses building at 817 N Main Street and then finished up that day bombing the building located at 704 S Main Street in Cottonwood that was formally the Sunwest Bank. Police feel that the same people bombed the Sedona Recycles at 2280 Shelby Dr. in Sedona on April 16, 2013. Today there is a $5,000.00 reward being offered.

15 yr Old Unsolved Homicide (Cold Case from 2002) - Cash Reward Offered!

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office “Cold Case” investigators are asking for help from the public in the 15 year old unsolved murder case of Arleen Cilione.

Arleen was just 60-years-old when she disappeared on the evening of September 19, 2002. Arleen was celebrating her birthday that evening and had stopped off at the American Legion and then Donna’s Hut which was located in the Park Plaza shopping center on West Goodwin Street in Prescott. Approximately 4 months later her remains were found south of Prescott just off of Hwy 89 near Wilhoit.

Friends of Arleen remember her telling them back in May or June of 2002 that she had been involved in an assault the night before at the Prescott Mining Company Restaurant which was located at 195 Plaza Drive in Prescott. The friends recall her saying that Arleen was either in the bar or just outside the front door of the restaurant when the man she was with grabbed her by the neck and assaulted her.

Going back to the night of her disappearance, witnesses remember seeing 2 taxi cabs parked nearby right around 9 pm in the parking lot of Donna’s Hut. The detectives have identified and interviewed one of the cab drivers but not the second one. Detectives feel that the unidentified cab driver could have been named Bill or Lee.

Arleen Cilione was a 60-year-old Caucasian who was 5′ 2″ and weighed 110 pounds with dark hair.

If you have any information on the assault at the Prescott Mining Company in May or June of 2002 or know the name of the cab driver in the parking lot of Donna’s Hut on September 19, 2002 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) - 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!

Double Homicide (Cold Case from 1999) - Rubalcava and Rodriguez

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.

Stabbing Death in Prescott (Cold Case from 2006) - Daniel Cook

$3,000.00 reward for suspect in stabbing death in Prescott. The Prescott Police are looking for 30 year-old Joel Medina-Ortiz in connection with the stabbing death of 22 year old Daniel Cook. Medina-Ortiz, who once lived at 802 2nd Street in Prescott, is a Mexican male who is 5’9″ and weighs about 180 pounds. The fight that resulted in Cook’s death took place on East Gurley Street in Prescott on October 28, 2006.

Mysterious Disappearance (Cold Case from 2005) - Travis Riddle

19-year-old victim Travis Riddle was last seen in October of 2005 in the Congress area and detectives have classified his disappearance as mysterious and likely involving foul play. Detectives have interviewed several possible suspects but are still seeking anyone who knew Travis or has information regarding his whereabouts in 2005. Travis frequented the Wickenburg and Congress areas and occasionally resided on Coleman Drive in Congress.

Homicide (Cold Case from 2004) - Unidentified male

An unidentified male body was found south of Seligman off of the Williamson Valley Road on May 19, 2004. The man had been burned beyond recognition and was the victim of a homicide. The victim was approximately 6’4″ and weighed about 200 pounds and had been wearing a Marlboro belt buckle.

Homicide (Cold Case from 2003) - Timothy Oleary

The body of Timothy Oleary was found under a bridge on Hwy 69 just south of Mayer on October 29, 2003. Oleary had been murdered and then thrown from the bridge. Oleary’s vehicle had run out of gas and he was walking along Hwy 69 to get gas when he was murdered. Oleary had been missing for several weeks before his body was found.

Homicide (Cold case from 2001) - Guy Stubbs

The body of Guy Stubbs was located in the forest off of Iron Springs Road west of Prescott on August 1, 2001. Mr. Stubbs was a victim of a homicide and was a transient to the area.

Homicide on I-17 (Cold Case from 1997) - Robert Bruce Watkins

On May 31, 1997 the body of Robert Bruce Watkins was discovered next to his vehicle on the east side of I-17 at the Badger Springs exit. Mr. Watkins was the victim of a homicide. Mr. Watkins was a building contractor living in Prescott at the time of his murder. YCSO detectives say that the killing took place during the daylight hours of May 31st.

Abduction and Double Homicide (Cold Case from 1996) - Jennifer Lueth and Diana Shawcroft

The Glendale, Arizona police department are investigating the murder of Jennifer Lueth and Diana Shawcroft. On May 24, 1996, Jennifer and Diana told a family member that they were going to walk to a nearby store and would be back in a little while. However, they never returned! On the day they disappeared Diana and Jennifer were seen at a mini-mart at approximatey 7 pm. According to the cashier, the girls bought cigarettes and soda. The cashier later saw a man pull up in a blue pickup truck. The girls conversed with the driver and then got in the truck and they all drove away. That was the last time the girls were seen alive.

Three months later two men were hunting in a remote area of Yavapai County about 100 miles north of Phoenix when they came upon the human remains of two people that were later identified as that of Jennifer and Diana. Police now need your help in identifying the driver of the pickup truck and the suspect in this double homicide. Please go to the Glendale Arizona Police Department web site and click on their “Cold Case” site for more information. Please help these two families find the closure they need. Or you may call Yavapai Silent Witness and remember that you never have to give your name and a reward is being offered. Call 1-800-932-3232.

Homicide and Robbery (Cold Case from 1988) - William Wear

On January 10, 1988 the body of William Wear was found in his home in Bridgeport near Cottonwood. Mr. Wear was a paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair. He was found a short time after someone had shot and killed him and then robbed him.

Homicide (Cold Case from 1987) - Kristina Sue Reyes

On September 7, 1987 the body of Kristina Sue Reyes was found by motorists in a shallow ravine at the Sunset Point rest area off of I-17 in sorthern Yavapai County. Even though her remains were in an advanced state of decomposition, YCSO investigators determined that the cause of death was strangulation.

Murdered While Hiking (Cold Case from 1987) - Cathy Sposito

On June 13, 1987 Cathy Sposito was murdered while hiking on the Thumb Butte Trail west of Prescott. At about 07:00 that morning Cathy rode her mountain bike to the trail head and began hiking up the path. A short time later, Cathy was brutally murdered by one or more persons. Other hikers heard her screams for help, but no one could reach her in time.

Shooting Death (Cold Case from 1977) - Jean Candelaria

21-year-old victim Jean Candelaria was found shot to death five (5) miles west of Seligman off Highway 66 in the morning hours of July 26, 1977. She was last seen in San Bernardino, California. It was determined she was traveling with a friend to California from Albuquerque, New Mexico in the days prior to her death.

Stabbing Death 9 (Cold Case from 1977) - George Gonterman

77-year-old victim George Gonterman was found stabbed to death in his home outside Yarnell, Arizona on the night of October 19, 1975. Investigators believe this may have been an attempted burglary. In the years prior to his death, Mr. Gonterman retired to Arizona from Colorado where he was a carpenter by trade.

Terderfoot Fire - Cash Reward Offered

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding the person responsible for starting the Tenderfoot Fire east of Yarnell on June 8, 2016. Yarnell residents first saw the black plume of smoke just southeast of their town around 2:30 that afternoon. Fire crews were quickly on the scene but not before the fire destroyed 4 out buildings and 2 microwave towers on a nearby hill. The origin of the fire was just off of Mina Road about a half mile from Hwy 89 and south east of Yarnell. Plus, just a few days before this fire other small fires were detected and extinguished near the Stanton Road which is also southeast of Yarnell. If you have any information about any of these fires or if you saw anything suspicious in that area on those days please call Yavapai Silent Witness. Remember that you never have to give your name and a $5,000.00 cash reward is being offered.

Deadly Crash on I-17

Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect driver who caused a fatal car crash on April 10, 2015 that took the life of Sonya Teresa Coronado of Phoenix. It was shortly after 1 pm Friday, April 10th, when Ms Coronado was driving her silver Toyota SUV across from Sunset Point rest area on northbound Interstate 17. The suspect driver of another vehicle pulled up next to Ms. Coronado’s vehicle and made an obscene hand gesture, then abruptly drove into her lane. At that time Ms. Coronado was forced to take evasive action to avoid being hit by the other vehicle. According to DPS, her SUV went into the median and rolled numerous times. Ms. Coronado was medevac’d by helicopter to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital where she passed away 14 days later from severe head trauma. Witnesses said that the suspect was a Caucasian male driving a silver single cab pickup truck. If you have any information about this tragic crash please call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Remember that you never have to give your name and if your information leads to the arrest of the suspect driver you will be offered a cash reward.

Hit and Run Fatality under Investigation - Witnesses being sought

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION – Just before 6:30 AM the morning of December 22, 2014, YCSO deputies were called to the 1100 block of Old Chisholm Trail in the Prescott Country Club regarding an apparent dead body in the roadway. EMS personnel confirmed that a 70-year-old female was deceased. Deputies believe the victim, who resides in the Prescott Country Club, had been hit by a vehicle. Passerby’s initially discovered the body but did not see any of the events leading to her death. Luggage belonging to the victim was found nearby and it appears she was heading to the Maverick Country Store on Highway 69 to catch shuttle transportation. Detectives from the YCSO Criminal Investigations Bureau were called to the scene and began searching the area for witnesses. A resident in the vicinity of the incident recalled hearing a “thud” type noise just after 6 AM and then saw a vehicle with “round headlights” pull into his driveway, back out, and leave in the opposite direction. The resident was unable to provide further details and detectives are considering that the driver of this vehicle may be involved or have information as to what occurred. Detectives would like to speak with this person immediately as they are considered a person of interest. It is believed the vehicle was travelling west on Old Chisholm Trail when the victim was struck. Detectives continue to gather evidence from the scene and are requesting anyone with information regarding the fatality to call the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Callers to Silent Witness remain anonymous and become eligible for a cash reward when information leading to an arrest is reported directly via the Silent Witness hotline. Please remember any information, even if seemingly insignificant, can be important to detectives as they develop leads. The name of the victim will be released once next of kin notification has been completed.
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