crimesider

Couple accused of killing Aspen socialite

Nancy Styler, left, and William Styler III Pitkin County Sheriff's Office via CBS Denver

ASPEN, Colo. - A husband and wife who rented the house of a Colorado resort town socialite are accused of killing her and leaving her body in a closet after she returned home from an overseas vacation.

Nancy Pfister, 57, was the daughter of the late Betty and Art Pfister, longtime Aspen residents who co-founded the Buttermilk ski area west of town. Buttermilk Mountain has hosted the Winter X Games multiple times.

On Monday evening, authorities arrested William Styler III, 65, and Nancy Styler, 62, at the Aspenalt Lodge in Basalt, where they were staying after apparently moving out of Pfister's two-garage, two-story home Feb. 22. Both are charged with first-degree murder and are being held without bond, reports CBS affiliate KREX.

nancy-pfister.jpg
Nancy Pfister
CBS Denver

Authorities said the Stylers rented Pfister's West Buttermilk Road home during the fall.

Pfister returned from a vacation in Australia on Feb. 22, and she was found dead four days later. A friend discovered her body in an upstairs closet at Pfister's home on the evening of Feb. 26. A cause of death has not yet been released.

Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said the investigation is ongoing, and he did not rule out the possibility of more arrests. The sheriff's office curbed public access in the courthouse and put up barricades to sequester scores of people interviewed in the past several days after Pfister's body was found.

DiSalvo said both suspects were questioned early in the investigation, but authorities lacked enough probable cause to arrest them. He declined to discuss the investigation further, and court records were sealed.

"This case has been hard from the beginning on all of us, because of the nature of it," DiSalvo said. "First-degree murders don't happen here too often."

Authorities said it was Pitkin County's first murder since 2001, excluding deaths ruled murder-suicides.

DiSalvo said he knew Pfister and other members of her family.

"I loved Nancy," he said. "She was a good person."

Aspen is a posh ski resort town in the Rocky Mountains, about 100 miles southwest of Denver.


  • Crimesider Staff

Comments

Follow Us

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.