SILENT WITNESS

Police looking for clues in 2014 murders of 3 in Phoenix’s West Valley

Jun 14, 2021, 10:30 AM
(Facebook Photo/Surprise Police Department)...
(Facebook Photo/Surprise Police Department)
(Facebook Photo/Surprise Police Department)

This article originally appeared June 27, 2016.

It was a crime that shocked the Surprise firefighters and police officers who thought they were responding to a vehicle fire in the desert.

Three bodies were found in the bed of the truck near 219th Avenue and Sun Valley Parkway.

It happened June 9, 2014. The victims were identified as 41-year-old Billy Kling, 57-year-old Lisa Baker and 25-year-old Garth Tuggle.

“They had been both shot and burned in the stolen truck,” Surprise Police Sgt. Norm Owens said.

Not much is known about the victims, but Tuggle’s dad said he was an aspiring artist who loved to paint and his career was just starting to take off.

From left: Lisa Baker, Garth Tuggle and Bill Kling. (Silent Witness Photos)

It still isn’t clear how the three victims knew each other.

“We’re really hoping that by getting this information back out to the public that someone might have seen something or heard someone talking about what happened,” Owens said.

He said it’s not unusual for people involved in these types of gruesome crimes to tell someone about it. They just can’t seem to help themselves.

Anything you might have heard could help investigators solve a horrific case.

Read more about this case here.

Silent Witness

(Pexels Photo)...
Jayme West

Police searching for suspects in 2016 Phoenix nightclub robbery

Phoenix police are searching for six men who allegedly robbed the popular El Capri Nightclub near 21st and Van Buren streets in 2016.
2 days ago
(Unsplash Photo)...
Jayme West

Police looking for clues after overdosed woman dumped in Phoenix lot in 2016

Phoenix police are looking for clues in the case of a young woman who was overdosing and dumped in an empty lot next to a convenience store in 2016.
9 days ago
Maureen Brown. (Silent Witness Photo)...
Jayme West

Police searching for leads in Scottsdale hit-and-run driver case

Police are searching for a suspect in a hit-and-run case in Scottsdale that cost a Valley woman a year of her life in recovery.
16 days ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Jayme West

Phoenix police looking for clues in man’s 2006 murder

Phoenix police are hoping someone knows about a pair of men who are suspected of killing another man in an alley in 2006.
23 days ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Jayme West

Police searching for clues in Phoenix woman’s brutal 2010 murder

Police are hoping someone has information on the brutal January 2010 murder of a Phoenix woman. Her body was found in a church parking lot.
30 days ago
(Goodyear Police Department Photo)...
KTAR.com

Goodyear police seek suspect in fatal hit-and-run with pedestrian

The Goodyear Police Department is searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian Tuesday night.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

...
DISC DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

What you need to know about spine health

With 540 million people suffering from lower back pain, it remains the leading cause of long-term disability. That’s why World Spine Day on Oct. 16 will raise awareness about spinal health with its theme, BACK2BACK. “BACK2BACK will focus on highlighting ways in which people can help their spines by staying mobile, avoiding physical inactivity, not overloading […]
...
PNC Bank

How one organization supports early childhood literacy for the most vulnerable

Nearly two out of every three children in low-income communities don’t own a single children’s book, a fact that ultimately could have profound impacts even before entering kindergarten, according to Arizona nonprofit Southwest Human Development.
...
BARROW NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE

More stroke patients eligible for acute treatment, thanks to research

Historically, patients underwent acute stroke treatments according to strict time guidelines. But thanks to recent advancements in stroke research, more patients are becoming candidates for clot-busting drugs and endovascular therapy at specialized centers like Barrow Neurological Institute.
Police looking for clues in 2014 murders of 3 in Phoenix’s West Valley