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.
Update….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 didn’t 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!
Cold case from 2012. $2,000.00 reward. On January 23, at approximately 8:15 PM, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a construction site at the corner of Sara Jane Lane and Old Fain Road, Prescott Valley. The Fann Construction Company owns all equipment on the site. A Fann employee reported seeing two male suspects in a large white van leaving the site where equipment thefts had occurred. Deputies arrived and saw that the security fence had been cut and a gate had been forced open. Further inspection revealed several large portable storage containers, also known as “Conex” boxes, had their latches broken off allowing access to the contents inside.
YCSO and local law enforcement agencies continue to seek suspects in several apparently related Conex box thefts occurring during previous weeks in the tri-city area.
Cold case from 2011/2012. $5,000.00 reward offered by Boquillas Ranch (Diamond A) for the arrest and conviction. On October 2, 2011, Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Camp 16 on the Boquillas Ranch, after the body of 56-year-old James Willard Clayton was discovered there in his home. The county medical examiner later ruled Clayton’s death a homicide, after determining Clayton had been shot one time through the chest. Investigators now believe Clayton was murdered in his home at Camp 16 on or about Sept 30, 2011. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is in search of anyone who may have information related to the murder of James Willard Clayton. Anyone who was in the area of Camp 16, off of Indian Highway 18 north of Peach Springs, on or about Sept 30, 2011, and may have information related to the investigation, is encouraged to contact Coconino Silent Witness (928) 774-6111 or the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and/or prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the murder of James Clayton.
Cold case from 2011. $1,000.00 reward offered by Yavapai Silent Witness for information on the August 2011 arson fires in Kirkland. Three fires were reported in this area with two of them resulting in the loss of two homes. The first house was lost on the evening of August 25th and two days later the other two fires were reported.
Cold case from 2006. $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.
Cold case from 2005. 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.
Cold case from 2004. 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.
Cold case from 2003. The bodies of Brandon Rumbaugh and Lisa Gurreri were found in the bed of their pickup truck on October 20, 2003. The pickup was located off of the Bumble Bee Road off of the I17 north of Phoenix. Both Brandon and Lisa had been shot to death. They had been reported missing for two days before being discovered. Both of them were from the Phoenix area.
Cold case from 2003. 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.
CAPTURED: Prescott Homicide Suspect Arrested in Indiana
On October 29, 2012 at about 9:15 A.M. (Arizona Time) Jane Leslie Carpenter age 61 was arrested in LaPorte County Indiana and charged in the murder of her husband Brent Carpenter.
The murder of Brent Carpenter occurred in the Yavapai Hills Subdivision in Prescott on June 4, 2002. Mr. Carpenter was 71 years old when he was stabbed and beaten to death inside the home he shared with Jane.
Prescott Police Investigators traveled to Indiana this weekend and worked with Indiana State Police Officials to track down and apprehend Jane Carpenter.
She was booked into LaPorte County Jail on one count of first degree murder. Prescott Police Investigators will work with the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office on the extradition of Jane Leslie Carpenter back to Arizona. No reward was applicable in the apprehension.
Cold case from 2002. The body of Arleen Cilione was found off of the White Spar Road south of Prescott. Ms Cilicone was last seen in a bar in Prescott. Ms Cilicone was a victim of a murder.
Cold case from 2001. 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.
Cold case from 1999. The bodies of Rebecca Rubalcava and William Rodriguez were found off of Hwy 93 (between Wickenburg and Kingman) on April 23, 1999. Both victims had been shot to death. They both lived in the Phoenix area.
Cold case from 1997. On May 31, 1997 the body of Robert Bruce Watkins was discovered next to his vehicle on the east side of I17 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.
Cold case from 1997. $11,000.00 reward. On March 25, 1997 seventeen year old Marisol Gonzales, a Cottonwood resident and high school senior and her unborn baby were shot to death in the alley just off of Birch Street only a block from her home. Someone in this town knows who pulled the trigger that March evening. Call us now, it’s never too late!
Cold case from May 1996. 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.
Cold case from 1988. 19-year-old victim Pamela Pitts was last seen on September 16, 1988 at a party in the Forest outside Prescott. This area is known as “Gordo’s Pit” or “alto Pit”. Her body was found on September 29, 1988 by Sheriff’s deputies at Gordo Pit. Miss Pitts was a resident of Prescott, Arizona.
Cold case from 1988. 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.
Cold case from 1987. 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 I17 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.
Cold case from 1987. $10,000.00 reward. On June 13, 1987 Cathy Sposito was murdered while hiking on the Thumb Butte Trail west of Prescott. At about 0700 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.
Cold case from 1977. 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.
Cold case from 1975. 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.