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12/29/03

Reported Suicide Turns into Homicide Investigation

Christmas had just barely ended when 9-1-1 was dialed. "Police were called with reports that a woman had shot herself," said Detective Tony Gribben of the Lubbock Police Department.

The deceased, 18-year-old Leigh Rumbaugh, mother of a 2-year-old girl. Staying at a friends place at the Westridge apartments. "The female was found shot in the bedroom," said Gribben. According to her boyfriend, Leigh shot herself while he was watching television with their daughter in the next room. But when police arrived..."What they were told and what they physically observed did not seem to quite go together at that point," said Gribben.

The inconsistencies of his story along with the subsequent autopsy report changed the investigation from a suicide to a homicide. Police were investigating the crime scene until dawn. "Oh man, they were here all night," said a neighbor who wished to remain anonymous. "They were pounding on doors, asking questions, walking around. We had heard what sounded like a gunshot. Shortly after we heard like a body hitting the ground, but we didn't think it was a gunshot," he said. But it was, and now authorities are trying to prove the 9 mm was in the hand of her boyfriend and not her own.

Authorities have yet to determine a motive for the homicide. They are asking for the public's help. If anyone knew Leigh Rumbaugh or her boyfriend, they are encouraged to call Detective Chris Breunig at (806) 775-2413.

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