Mother taking action to solve 19-year cold case of Rebecca Rubalcava

Posted at 5:36 PM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2020-01-10 15:00:40-05

A mother is taking action in the Valley to keep her daughter’s cold case alive. 

“Today’s Rebecca's birthday and we’re not eating cake and ice cream, we’re looking for her killer instead,” Tamara LaRue told ABC15 on Wednesday. 

LaRue traveled from Michigan with two friends to put up reward posters in several areas, including near 35th Avenue and McDowell Road where 20-year-old Rebecca Rubalcava was last seen alive. In April 1999 a passerby found Rubalcava and 39-year-old William Rodriguez’s bodies off State Route 93 between Wickenburg and Kingman. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said both were shot multiple times in the head. 

“I just can’t believe that — all these years and there’s still no arrests,” LaRue said. 

Rubalcava had recently escaped human trafficking, LaRue said, and Rodriguez was a friend. She remembers her daughter as an avid reader who loved being outdoors. 

“She just really loved life.” 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office or Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.