PHOENIX, Arizona – Five high-profile investigations in 2023 for murders or attempted murders in Arizona remain unresolved, leaving many questions unanswered. Authorities are urging witnesses to come forward with any information that could help solve these cases in order to prevent them from becoming cold cases.
One of these cases involves the murder of 22-year-old Mercedes Vega, whose body was found burned in a car off I-10 in Tonopah. Another case is that of Grant Griffiths, who was found shot multiple times in a house fire in Prescott Valley. Additionally, 17-year-old Desiree Rivas was shot dead while trying to leave a graduation party near Tolleson, and the mysterious disappearance of Chad Holvig and his son Dalton in Tonopah remains unsolved. Lastly, beloved religious leader Hans Schmidt was left in critical condition after being shot while preaching on a Glendale street corner.
Families of the victims are appealing to the public for any information that could lead to solving these cases, while authorities have increased rewards for information that may lead to an arrest. The FBI is offering a $12,000 reward in Desiree Rivas’ case, and a $10,000 reward is being offered for information about Grant Griffiths’ murder.
These unsolved cases represent a pressing need for the community to come together in providing any crucial information that can aid authorities in finding justice for the victims. The unresolved cases also serve as a reminder of the impact these crimes have on the loved ones left behind. As authorities continue to search for answers, they are urging anyone with useful information to come forward and help bring closure to these cases.