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Investigators turn to ballistics 10 years after campsite murders

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BUMBLE BEE, Ariz. -

It's a question that has haunted law enforcement for nearly 10 years. Who would approach a young couple while they were camping and execute them as they slept back in 2003?

It's a cold case that Silent Witness won't give up on.

I remember how chilling this case was. The victims were sleeping in the bed of a white Ford F-150 at a Bumble Bee campsite. They should have been safe there, but they weren't.

"My daughter was my best friend and I miss her a lot, but she will keep me going," says Paula Gurrieri.

Her heart was shattered in October of 2003. Paula Gurrieri, spoke with us about the murders of her 19-year-old daughter Lisa and Lisa's boyfriend, 20-year-old Brandon Rumbaugh.

Monday, Silent Witness released a video on YouTube spreading the word about the cold case.

"The couple went camping for the night to celebrate their one year anniversary and planned to return the following day. The couple never returned and family and friends searched for them and later found them murdered in a campsite near Bumble Bee," said Sergeant Darren Burch, of Silent Witness, in the YouTube video.

Investigators have exhausted all leads, and are now looking to new technology -- one of those involves ballistics. The killer shot the couple five times.

"We have recovered the casings from the scene and today we're doing training with ATF and the NIBIN unit of the police department and we have submitted cases to the NIBIN database," said Michael Sechez, Yavapai County Detective.

NIBIN -- the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network -- is meeting in Phoenix Monday to train law enforcement in the new technology that could help solve cold cases like this. They say every crime gun has a story to tell.

If the gun that killed Lisa and Brandon is abandoned or used in another crime, the NIBIN system can help ID it and perhaps lead to a killer.

"It's very common occurrence to solve a case that 5, 10, 12 years old," says Pete Gagliardi, forensic technology.

But nothing's as valuable as peace of mind for Lisa and Brandon's families.

"That void that I have I don't know if it'll ever be filled again. This person has to pay for what he's done," says Gurrieri.

But while we wait for that crime gun to tell its story, Silent Witness is urging anyone who knows anything about this 2003 crime to come forward. There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The number is 480-WITNESS.


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