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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. 


All Cold Cases



June 13, 2022


35-Year-Old Cold Case-Cathy Sposito Homicide

 $10,000 Reward Still Offered



It has been three and a half decades since Cathy Sposito’s body was found brutally murdered along a popular hiking area near Prescott.  The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in catching her killer and bringing closure to her family.   

On June 13, 1987, Cathy was murdered while hiking on the Thumb Butte Trail west of Prescott. At about 7 AM that morning, Cathy rode her mountain bike to the trailhead and began hiking up the path. A short time later, Cathy’s body was found. Other hikers in the area heard her screams for help, but sadly no one could reach her in time. 

“We will never stop seeking Justice for the victims of violent crime,” said Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes.   “New technology and new information make these cases more solvable than ever.”

  If anyone provides information that leads to an arrest in this case, they could earn up to a $10,000 cash reward. To earn your reward, you must call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1 800-932-3232 or submit a tip at All tips are anonymous. You never have to give your name. 









COLD CASE-DOUBLE HOMICIDE - Brandon Rumbaugh and Lisa Gurrieri




It has been 18 years since two victims were found murdered in the back of a pickup truck in the area off of Bumblebee Road near Interstate 17. 


The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in identifying the suspect.  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 that occurred 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 Bumble Bee Road a short distance from Interstate 17.

Please help solve this homicide

On September 19, 2002 60-year-old Arleen Cilione was celebrating her birthday. Little did she know it would be her last.

That evening Arleen stopped off at the American Legion in Prescott and then went to Donna’s Hut which was located off of West Goodwin Street in the Park Plaza shopping center. She had also been at the American Legion Post 6 on Goodwin Street that night. Arlene was last seen in front of Donna's Hut Bar with two men near an older model Full-size van which was parked in front of the bar.   Five months later, in January of 2003, Arleen’s decomposed body was found in the brush off State Route 89 near mile marker 299 south of Prescott.

Going back to the night of her disappearance, witnesses remembered seeing 2 taxi cabs parked in the Park Plaza parking lot on Goodwin right around 9 pm. YCSO detectives have identified one of the cab drivers but not the other. They feel this man’s name is either Bill or Lee.

Arleen was a 60-year-old white female who was  5 feet 2 inches tall and  weighed 110 pounds.

If you have any information about this unsolved murder please call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip at Remember that you never have to give your name and a cash reward is being offered.

Hit and Run Fatality under Investigation - Witnesses being sought

On December 22nd 2014 just before 6:30 AM, 70-year-old resident of the Prescott Country Club, Joyce Erickson, was walking in the 1000 block of Old Chisholm Trail when she was struck by a vehicle.  Joyce succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision.  Detectives have been attempting to locate the driver of the vehicle who may not have seen Joyce who was wearing dark colored clothing and walking in the street when she was struck.  A resident in the area of the collision stated a vehicle made a “U” turn in their driveway and then left the area.  That driver did not remain at the scene nor did they contact police to explain their involvement. 

To date, Detectives have followed up on several leads and have reason to believe the vehicle is either a passenger car or a small Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).  The driver may have been leaving the Country Club area on the way to work.  Due to the facts there was low lighting in the area and that Joyce was wearing dark colored clothing, the Sheriff’s Office believes this incident was not intentional.  Detectives are in need of the public’s assistance in locating the driver of the vehicle for questioning.

The vehicle in question again is presumed to be a passenger style of small SUV Vehicle which may have front and/or rear end damage. 

Detectives continue to gather evidence 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. 

Homicide (Cold Case from 1989)-Cash Reward Offered!

Lisa Marie Kroll Wingo                                                                

Lisa Marie Wingo was just 24 years old when she became a homicide victim in January 1989.  Lisa was an active, young mother of a one-year-old daughter.  She enjoyed music and dancing and frequented local establishments in the Phoenix area that provided this entertainment.  Ms. Wingo was last seen alive at her Phoenix residence the morning of January 9, 1989, and later reported missing to the Phoenix PD.  Her body was found north of Lake Pleasant in Yavapai County on January 14, 1989.  Death was by strangulation and prior to being discovered, possibly deceased for 3-4 days.

At the time of Lisa’s disappearance, she was employed by Shanty’s Fish & Chips at Glendale and 55th Avenues.   Ms. Wingo generally walked to the 27th Avenue bus, switched to the westbound bus at Glendale Avenue and continued on to her work.  On January 9, according to bus drivers, Lisa did not ride either bus.  Lisa was not opposed to catching a ride with someone, friend or stranger.  With her openness and outgoing personality, there is no way of knowing whether she knew her assailant. 

Investigators believe Lisa Wingo was taken against her will from the area of 2700 West Augusta in Phoenix and left at the Lake Pleasant area.  On the evening prior to her disappearance, Lisa told a friend she felt like she was ‘being watched’. 

Some traceable evidence was found at the crime scene and investigators have interviewed and cleared several individuals.  Lisa’s perpetrator(s) is still out there. 

This Agency is seeking public assistance and information that may aid in the apprehension of a suspect.  Anyone having any information whatsoever is urged to contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232 or submit a tip at  Remember, all calls to Yavapai Silent Witness are anonymous.  You never have to give your name. 

2009 HOMICIDE - Omar Solis

On November 1, 2009 at 10pm, Omar Solis left his home near 35th Avenue and Dunlap in Phoenix following a domestic disturbance. Solis was seen on foot leaving the area. His last known location was the Jack in the Box on N. 35th Avenue, Phoenix that same night. On December 20, 2009, hunters discovered a charred body in the Childs Power Plant area in Yavapai County. January 8, 2010, through dental records, the remains were officially identified as Solis’. Solis was married with a young child and worked delivering furniture. The victim was twenty-three years old at the time of the homicide.

If you have any information on this cold case please call Silent Witness at 800-932-3232.

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.

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 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.

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.
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