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Two arrests made in murder of long-time Aspen resident Nancy Pfister

Elderly Castle Rock couple renting Pfister's home charged with first-degree murder

March 3, 2014, 6:03 pm

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s office made two arrests Monday in the murder of long-time Aspen resident Nancy Pfister.

William F. Styler III, 65, and Nancy Christine Styler, 62, were arrested at 5:10 p.m. at the Aspenalt Lodge in Basalt without incident and are being held without bond at the Pitkin County Jail, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

William Styler

William Styler

The Stylers have been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

The Stylers are formerly from Castle Rock and moved to Aspen during the fall of 2013, when they rented Pfister’s home at 1833 West Buttermilk Road. William Styler is reportedly a doctor who graduated from Oklahoma State University, and the couple had been interviewed previously in the case late last week but authorities were not able to arrest them at the time.

“Although two arrests have been made related to this case, an investigation into the events that transpired will continue,” sheriff’s officials said in a release.

Pfister, whose late parents Art and Betty Pfister were instrumental in opening Buttermilk ski area, was reportedly renting her home to the Stylers while traveling in Australia. She returned to Aspen because the Stylers weren’t paying rent, according to her Facebook page.

Christine Styler

Nancy Christine Styler

Pfister, 57, was reportedly found dead in the home on Wednesday after returning from Australia on Feb. 22.

The following agencies were credited with assisting the Pitkin County Sheriff’s ongoing investigation: Aspen Police Department, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Basalt Police Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Carbondale Police Department and Pitkin County Coroner.

An advisement hearing for the couple was scheduled for Tuesday.


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