Annie Meyer's roommate, Melissa Miller, arrested in connection with Wheat Ridge woman's killing

Miller held on murder, domestic violence charges

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. - Annie Meyer's roommate, Melissa Miller, has been arrested in connection with the Wheat Ridge woman's killing, police said Monday.

Annie Meyer disappeared in February and, even though her friends and family launched extensive searches for her, her whereabouts weren't known until a group found human remains near a cabin in Park County on July 4. Last week, the remains were confirmed to belong to Meyer.

Miller's friends and family told 7NEWS that Miller had planned to go to the Wheat Ridge Police Department on Monday to talk to investigators.

"She said, 'I'm on the way to the police department. They called me, and said they needed to speak to me,'" said Miller's longtime friend Julia Romero. "I know in my heart of hearts that she didn't do it. She's not guilty. She loved Annie too much."

It's unclear what she told police. However, the 54-year-old Miller was arrested Monday afternoon at the police station, said John Romero, Wheat Ridge police spokesman.

Miller was transferred to the Park County Jail in Fairplay, where she is being held on investigation of second-degree murder with a domestic violence sentencing enhancement, a deputy said. She is being without bond.

She's scheduled to have her first appearance in Park County Court on Tuesday morning.

Park County District Attorney Thom LeDoux said charges against Miller could change after he reviews the case.

Arrest records give an offense date of Feb. 18, indicating investigators believe Meyer was killed long before she was reported missing on March 3.

Investigators said finding Meyer's remains was a key break that quickly lead to the arrest.

"It's big for us but it's bigger for the Meyer family," Romero said. "That's what we're most concerned with today is justice for Annie and for the Meyer family."

Meyer's family members tell 7NEWS they believe money was the motive.

Miller was living in Meyer's home, but wasn't paying bills or rent and she didn't have a job.

"If Melissa did kill your sister, what do you think the motive would be?" 7NEWS reporter Jaclyn Allen asked Annie's brother, Mark Meyer.

"Most things in life are about money," the brother replied. "My sister was the nicest person there is. For somebody to take advantage of that, it makes me sick."

If Miller is found guilty, what punishment should she face?

"Get her. Whatever is deserved, and prosecute to the end," Mark Meyer said.

After months of uncertainty, the brother praised the swift arrest by police, coming one week after authorities announced that Annie's remains had been identified.

"I'm happy. I think she’s going to get what’s coming to her in life. It’s just amazing that they made the arrest this quick since they found the remains," Mark Meyer said. "I think the family is very relieved. It's been a long time coming. I'm glad it just came to an end. Now the hard part comes for the district attorney."

Wheat Ridge police say Miller had not talked to them about Annie's disappearance and had not cooperated in the investigation.

However, Miller told a different story to Annie's friends and family in a confrontation covertly recorded before the body was found.

"You guys are frickin' ripping me, and I did nothing. I loved Annie more than any of you," Miller said, in a video shot by Annie's friends before police confirmed the body had been found in Park County. "I tried to kill myself. I don't want to live without Annie."

In the video, Miller says she has been cooperating with police all along, even authorizing the initial search of the house she shared with Annie for nearly three years.

"Do you know every lead the cops get, that they say is a tip, it was me, it was me. I've talked to them nine or 10 times," Miller insisted.

Miller told Meyer's friends she carries a detective's business card in her pocket, just in case she thinks of something. Yet when she tried to retrieve it, she said in the video, "I don't have it on me right now,"  searching her pockets.

Annie Meyer was last seen on Feb. 7, when she left work early, saying she was sick. She was last heard from on Feb. 10, when she spoke with her mother by phone.

Then, from Feb. 11 to Feb. 27, friends and family members say their received a flood of text messages from Meyer's cellphone. The texts said Annie was sick and would not be coming to work.

On Feb. 23, a friend called Annie's cellphone and spoke briefly with someone who made one word comments. The friend later said she doubted it was Annie on the phone.

Annie’s Toyota pickup truck was found on March 13 in a parking lot about 3 miles from her home. The truck had apparently been sold to a man, but Annie's family didn't know if Annie had sold it or someone else.

After seeing the report about the pickup truck being found, a woman in Wheat Ridge realized a sport utility vehicle parked near her home was likely Annie's missing Toyota RAV4. It had been parked there for about 10 days. It was found about 1 mile from Annie's home, but was located in the opposite direction from where the truck was found.

Miller told Annie's friends that she had the Toyota RAV4 all along, and told police that she left it in a nearby neighborhood "because it was close."

Miller is the last known person to have seen Annie alive, and she says she left Annie with a woman named "Cathy."

"I dropped her off, Annie, at 6th and Wadsworth," Miller said. "She wasn't feeling well. She got a bloody nose, and they [Annie and Cathy] were going to go to dinner, so I dropped her off."

Four times during the 12-minute video, Miller talks about attempting suicide shortly after Annie's disappearance, seemingly tormented by the loss and the suspicion.

"I'm as lost as you guys. I tried to kill myself. I don't even know what the f--- to do. I mean, Annie, was my whole life," Miller says.

Investigators said Miller had invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to speak to investigators. Miller also told Annie's friends that her attorney advised her not to speak to detectives.

Miler's mother, Mary Trounce, said her daughter had nothing to do with Annie's disappearance, but had hiked with her frequently in Park County, where the body was found.

"She would never ever hurt a soul," said Trounce. "She wouldn't even kill a fly."

Trounce said Miller attempted suicide shortly after Annie's disappearance because of the cloud of suspicion.

 

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