Sheriff John Ralphs offered a reward for the capture of the murderer, Willie Boy, dead or alive.
The plan was to have one posse headed by the sheriff enter the desert country by way of Bear Valley. Sheriff Hewins took charge of the 2nd posse.
a specimen of Willie Boy’s cunningness, Instead of killing one of the horses he shot it in the neck, the bullet temporarily paralyzing the horse, a practice which Piutes use in capturing wild horse.
“When news came of the murder to Ben de Crevecouer at dawn he immediately organized a posse and started after Willie-boy. They followed the trail of the murderer and the girl to the Southern Pacific railroad.