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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2003 8:41 am | Updated: 2:22 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

The family of a Mesa grandmother shot to death just days before Christmas fears that someone else will have to be killed before the case is solved.

Loris Crandell-Bath, 59, was fatally shot as she sat at a red light near Hermosa Vista Drive and Gilbert Road on Dec. 22. No arrests have been made, despite a $3,500 reward offered by the Mesa Public Safety Foundation in conjunction with the Silent Witness program.

Crandell-Bath’s son-in-law, Mel Burch, who expressed concerns that another killing might have to occur to catch the killer, said his hopes are hinged upon Silent Witness.

"The police have said they’ve got Silent Witness information on some juvenile suspects," Burch said. "That’s where Silent Witness comes in. It would be nice if someone felt sorry and gave the police the information they need."

Mesa detective Tim Gaffney said the department is still tracking down several Silent Witness leads.

"We have been provided information on potential suspects, but so far nothing through our investigation has led us to suspects in this particular case," Gaffney said. "At this point, we’re not able to comment on specific leads for fear it could hinder the investigation."

Gaffney said detectives also hope someone will come forward with vital information in the case. "We’d like to bring closure to the family," he said.

Burch said his wife, DaLawna, still reaches for the phone to call her mother and their youngest child still includes Crandell-Bath in her nightly prayers.

Police asked that anyone with information on the Crandell-Bath case to call Silent Witness at (800) 343-8477 or the Mesa Police Department at (480) 644-2211.

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