LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — After three years of gathering information, Metro Police say the search is on for two homicide suspects involved in the death of 62-year-old man in a case dated back to 2017.
Metro says in October of 2017, 62-year-old David Rathbun was reported missing by family members and later found deceased in Arizona.
Rathbun’s family said they last heard from David in August of 2017 when he told them he would be allowing a woman that was “down on her luck” to live with him, according to LVMPD. That female is one of the suspects, 45-year-old Jolene Hibbs.
LVMPD homicide detectives say the other suspect in Rathbun’s death has been identified as 55-year-old Charles Ausiello.
LVMPD’s missing persons section began an investigation and found “a lot of fraudulent activity” taking place on Rathbun’s accounts. His house was also being sold “for well-below market value,” police say.
Metro’s Homicide section was briefed about their investigation and began an investigation of their own. They found Rathbun’s bank accounts were being used to purchase items all over the valley, including hair salon, Home Depot and Lowe’s transactions.
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After looking into the house transaction, detectives learned a suspect was posing as Rathbun and sold his house. Both of Rathbun’s vehicles, a motorcycle and BMW, were sold as well.
Metro reached out to the new BMW owner and received consent to do an analysis for DNA evidence. Police then found blood evidence inside the trunk of the car.
The blood found in the trunk was linked to David Rathbun.
Metro then searched the house and found blood evidence, which further led police to believe Rathbun had died.
Several months later, police say, they received information that led them to mine shafts in rural Arizona, where they found Rathbun’s body.
Police say they have tried to find the two suspects involved, but have not yet located them and are not sure about their whereabouts.
Officials have two active arrest warrants on Ausiello and Hibbs for open murder. For two years, police say they have had arrest warrants for fraud charges. These charges are extraditable nationwide.
“It’s time to bring closure to this victim’s family and make sure these two are held accountable for the crime that they committed,” LVMPD’s Lt. Ray Spencer said.
Metro is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Ausiello and Hibbs. If you have information, you can contact LVMPD’s Homicide Section by phone at (702) 828-3521, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public can also submit a tip or any information to Crime Stoppers anonymously at (702) 385-5555 or visit their website.