New Information, Billboard to Help Cold Case
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New information is flooding into the private investigation team working to solve a triple murder cold case in the valley.
The private investigation team says since they released a re-enactment video of the murders to the media, they have received 137 calls to their hotline, and a few dozen emails.
They want to shine light on this six-year-old cold case, and a new billboard unveiled Wednesday should help.
A billboard now stands near the interstate, asking people for information to solve the cold case.
On Monday, a desperate plea for help from the family.
"Someone out there knows something, you may not know how important it is, be afraid to come forward or you may have even been turned away or discredited by sheriff's office already asking for your help," said Tanya Friedli.
In September 2006, 18-year-old Becky Friedli was killed and lit on fire in a wheelbarrow, her mother Vicky Friedli and her mother's boyfriend, John Hayward, also found dead in the Pinyon Pines home that was burned down.
The Bolanos Investigations Team made of retired law enforcement officers created a re-enactment video, and Lamar Advertising donated a billboard to look for answers.
"I got on the phone with GM Bill Houck and explained to him what we are trying to do, and it was that simple, and here we are less than a week later and you can see what's behind me," said Luis Bolanos, Director of Operations for Bolanos Investigations Team.
And lead investigator Bolanos says the calls have been flooding in since they released the re-enactment video Monday, including this tip.
"He saw suspicious man, suspicious vehicle on that day down Highway 74, just something he didn't recognize, in an area, and it just caught his attention and bothered him, so here we are six years later, and it bothered him so much he decided he needed to call the hotline, and we are glad he did," said Bolanos.
And these tips give investigators faith this case will be solved.
"Some folks call in and they think their calls have, just to get something off their chest, they don't think it's going to mean, and that one actually ties in, this guy didn't know it, to something else we're looking at, a little nugget," said Bolanos.
So after six years, there is renewed hope people can shine light on that dark night.
"Part of all of us was buried with them, and I think that for our sanity, I would hope so much, if somebody came forward," said Becky's sister, Drew Friedli.
The private investigators plan to do interviews after they finish going through all the calls from the hotline. That number is 855-44 BECKY.
The billboard is on Salvia Road facing Interstate 10 at Gene Autry Trail.
It will be moving occasionally to different locations throughout the Coachella Valley.