Almost six years after the tragedy, among the ashes that still remain are Vickie Friedli’s algebra homework, charred pages of children’s books and the family’s mangled bicycles. Three people were killed the night of Sept. 17, 2006 — Vickie Friedli, 53; her longtime boyfriend, Jon Hayward, 55; and Vickie’s 18-year-old daughter, Becky.
The murders happened in a remote area of Riverside near Palm Desert called Pinyon Pines.
Detectives and family members still seek answers that will lead to an arrest of a suspect. Authorities have ruled out any possibility of a murder-suicide motive. No one in the family had a criminal record or any association to drugs or gang activity. Since the family was in its own home, police have determined they were targeted victims… Vickie Friedli worked at Macy’s in Palm Desert. Hayward was a local handyman, and Becky Friedli was a straight-A student who had just started in the nursing program at College of the Desert.
Firefighters arrived at the two-story home between Mountain Center and Palm Desert that night thinking they were battling a house fire. But a neighbor and later police spotted a body burning in the wheelbarrow and two more bodies inside the house… Police have not disclosed key details, like an official cause of death and a motive, because it may compromise an interview between police and a possible suspect.
“After all these years, we know nothing,” said Vickie’s oldest daughter, Tiffany Teasdale, now 33. “I hope whoever did this will slip up and feel free to start talking about it. I don’t know anybody I can think of that could do something like this”… Police have interviewed all family members and cleared them as suspects.
The Sheriff’s Department has authorized a $50,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
.”Whoever the suspects were used the fire to try to conceal the crime. All three people were clearly murdered prior to the fire being set,” [Riverside County sheriff's Central Homicide Sgt. Brandon] Ford said. “This could be an airtight case, but we’re short of that final key. It’s very frustrating; we’ve made gains to move forward, steadily and slowly. It’s fair to say now that the facts of the case have stalled and we’re waiting for the flow to pick back up”…
Vickie Friedli was once married to former sheriff’s Lt. Ron Friedli, but after their divorce, she lived with Hayward for about a decade.
Teasdale described her mom, who studied math at College of the Desert, as a classic hippie, with a fun-loving free spirit and a bleeding heart for others. She once established a donation drive for a domestic violence victim who lived down the road. Becky had a close bond with her oldest of four sisters. When Teasdale moved to Los Angeles to go to UCLA, Becky moved with her to finish high school.
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