SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - After 14 years, a mother of a murdered teenager is again asking for the public's help. Back in 2003, Lisa Gurrieri and her boyfriend, Brandon Rumbaugh were killed while on a camping trip in Northern Arizona.
Recently, Paula Gurrieri, Lisa’s mom, made a plea for public information. It’s certainly no surprise that the victim's family is asking for the criminal to come to justice, in order to give the family the slightest bit of closure.
“She was beautiful both inside and out. She would walk into a room and just light up the room; she always had a smile on her face,” Paula Gurrieri said.
Gurrieri is talking about her 19-year old daughter who was killed, along with her boyfriend of one year, while they were camping.
“She said, 'Because we're going to go camping,' and I said, 'You've never camped before. What do you mean you're going camping?' She says, 'We just want to go out and sleep under the stars tonight,'” Gurrieri said.
But the couple never got to celebrate their one-year anniversary up in north near Interstate 17 and Bumble Bee Road.
“It was about 9 o'clock. I looked down at my watch and I started crying. My son said, 'What's wrong?' I said, 'Something’s wrong. She's not home yet. She told me she was going to be home early because Brandon had to work and she's not home,'” Gurrieri said.
She felt in her heart that something was wrong, so she called for help.
“I called the rangers. I called everybody, just trying to get them to help, I couldn't get any help at all,” she added.
Sparing no time and without waiting for authorities, family and friends frantically searched for the young couple and the car.
“Nine tenths of a mile down that road, that they spotted my truck, and they got out and in the back, Lisa and Brandon lying there. They were dead. They were shot in the head,” Gurrieri said.
Now she and her brother, Mike Gurrieri, Lisa's uncle, beg anyone with information about this double murder to step up.
“There's somebody out there who knows something whatever it is. We just need this person to come forward,” Mike said.
“Please come forward. Please let us have some closure on all of this. I know it's not going to bring her back, but at least justice will be served,” Gurrieri added.
The family is desperate for answers after all this time. In fact, there's currently a $10,000 reward being offered in connection to this cold case.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at (928)-771-3100.
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