The story as I heard it is: Laura drove to the store on February 6th, 2009 and disappeared. Her body was later discovered on the edge of Town, in an area that the Quartzsite Police had supposedly already searched. She was allegedly barefoot, but her feet were too clean to have walked to the spot where her body was discovered. Her car was later found in Kingman...Did I get that correct?
What I know for sure is, if you do a basic internet search, there's no obituary, no mention of her death outside of the Town Hall meeting minutes and two mentions on the Quartzsite news website. Residents have unanswered questions and our Police Chief has provided no satisfactory answers. It appears the investigation is ongoing, as I have yet to witness that press conference Chief Gilbert promised. Was there an autopsy? If so, What was the cause of death? What happened to this beloved mother of two?
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QUARTZSITE HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU LAURA!
".. Laura Ann Vittori. AKA: Laura. Missing Since: 2/6/2009. Sex. Female. Race. White. Age. 42"
"A body found in Quartzsite has been identified as that of Laura Ann Vittori, 42, the mother of two missing since February 6 when she left her apartment complex. Vittori is believed to be the victim of foul play and her 1998 GMC 'Jimmy' is still missing."
February 24th, 2009 "Police Chief Jeff Gilbert comments on rumors going around town regarding the death of Laura Vittori. Chief Gilbert reassures everyone that it is being investigated thoroughly"
March 24th, 2009 "they are not able to give any information at this point."
August 11th, 2009 "Police Chief Gilbert comments regarding fliers posted allover town about information regarding the murder of Laura Vittori. Chief Gilbert states it is disturbing and so far there is no evidence indicating Laura died of homicide."
"May 24, 2010 ... Quartzsite Police Chief Jeff Gilbert announced Tuesday that the Quartzsite Police are still investigating the death of Laura Vittori, the local woman found slain in a field behind the Exxon station on Exit 19 in Quartzsite"
June 9th, 2010 "Gilbert also indicated that the death of Laura Vittori is still considered to be an ongoing investigation. He stated that there was no safety concern for Quartzsite citizens since there are no obvious signs that Vittori's death was, indeed, a homicide. Gilbert further stated that as more information becomes available in the case, he will provide that information to the public via press release."