Husband named key suspect in murder of Stephanie Roller Bruner
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Dale Bruner is the key suspect in the investigation into the murder of his wife, Stephanie Roller Bruner, a Silverthorne mother of three killed near her home in late November, according to a statement released by Silverthorne police today.
District Attorney Mark Hurlbert filed a motion today to call a grand jury to investigate the case.
“A great deal of investigative work has been done to date, leading us to move forward with the grand jury route,” Silverthorne Police Chief Mark Hanschmidt said in the statement.
The petition for a grand jury was put in to Judge Thomas Moorhead just before 11:30 a.m. today. The judge will likely take a few weeks to decide whether to call a grand jury, Hurlbert said.
If a grand jury is convened, the 12 to 23 jurors will hear testimony, review evidence and ultimately, have the power to indict an individual for the crime or determine that there is not enough evidence for an indictment.
Roller Bruner was reported missing by Dale Bruner Nov. 23, and her body was found three days later in the Blue River not far from the family’s home. Police up until now have been quiet on the details of the investigation, and apparently frustrated by a lack of evidence with which to make an arrest.
Roller, 41, lost her job with the county in a wave of layoffs on Oct. 13. Her older sister, Ramona Roller, said Stephanie Roller had had a hard time in the several weeks since.
Ramona Roller said Stephanie Roller argued with her husband the day she was laid-off.
“There have been struggles with herself and what she wants out of life,” Ramona Roller told the Denver Post. “The combination of the discipline and being laid off of a job she loved so much, it was very hard on her.”
Records and family reports suggest there were marital problems between Roller and her husband. Roller filed for divorce on Nov. 1.
Stephanie Roller had been married to Dale Bruner, a wildlife photographer, for 11 years. The couple have three young children. Roller also taught dancing in Frisco.
Hurlbert said that the couple’s three children are being cared for by Stephanie Roller’s family.
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