Renters arrested in Aspen woman's murder

ASPEN, Colo. - A 65-year-old man and his 62-year-old wife have been arrested in the murder of a prominent Aspen woman.

William F. Styler III and Nancy Christine Styler, were arrested at the Aspenalt Lodge in Basalt, Colo., without incident at approximately 5:10 p.m. Monday on warrants charging them with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. They are currently in custody at the Pitkin County Jail and are being held without bond.

The Stylers are formerly from Castle Rock, Colo., and rented Nancy Pfister's home in Aspen last fall.

Pfister, 57, had returned to her home after an extended trip to Australia several days before she was found murdered on Feb. 26.  The Aspen Daily News reported Pfister was hoping to secure new tenants to rent her West Buttermilk home, and had written on her Facebook page that existing renters had failed to pay rent and utilities.

The Stylers were first questioned by investigators at the same lodge the day after Phister's body was found. 

"Although two arrests have been made related to this case, an investigation into the events that transpired will continue," the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. 

During a brief news conference Monday evening, Sheriff Joe DiSalvo declined to answer questions about how Pfister was killed. He also would not comment on what evidence was gathered that led investigators -- including Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents -- to the Stylers.

DiSalva said he believed the Stylers rented from Pfister in late November or early December.

Pfister was one of three daughters of Art and Betty Pfister, who helped develop the Buttermilk ski area, according to the Aspen Daily News.

Her death marked the first known homicide in Pitkin County since October 2001.

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