But after a month and a half of chasing down hundreds of leads, many of which turned out to be pranks or people seeking revenge against others, investigators still have no suspects or motive in the killings, and they've had no luck identifying the apparent American Indian man with a long ponytail who was deemed a person of interest.
With media attention fading and growing fears from the community that the case might turn "cold,” investigators decided that the raw emotion that six weeks ago would do nothing to further the case might now be the best chance to finally close it. Family members agreed, saying they would relive the moments over and over again, and endure listening to it on radio and TV if it meant catching those responsible.
The idea, Brown said, is that someone knows who the killers are and will hear a grandmother's heart breaking and realize what the senseless killing has done to that family and to the whole community — and that person will come forward.
"Give us an idea of a place to look,” Brown said. "Because this person — these people — need to be caught.”
The investigation continues
While the public may perceive that investigators are no closer to solving the double murder than they were when it happened on June 8, Brown insists that's not the case.
But while officers have been working long hours to respond to more than 500 leads, Brown said it would be nice to actually get some calls that were legitimate, instead of calls from people using the investigation as a prank or — as one sheriff's deputy said — a way to exact revenge on an ex-husband.
Since that time, investigators have cleared nearly 100 people who are not suspects.