Third suspect arrested in death of Aspen socialite

ASPEN, Colo. - An Aspen bank employee who reported finding the body of an Aspen socialite was arrested Saturday in connection with her murder.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office reported the arrest of Katherine Carpenter, 56, and said she was booked on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.  She was arrested without incident at her home on Saturday morning.

Carpenter reported finding the body of Nancy Pfister in a closet of the victim's West Buttermilk home on Feb. 26.

Twenty days earlier, Pfister had posted on her Facebook page: "“Kathy Carpenter from Alpine Bank will show anyone interested the ropes, watering greenhouse, [her dog] Gabe’s stuff,etc. Very easy to contact me via email, thanks in advance!!!  The rent is 4 thousand a month plus utilities which kathy picks up at the Alpine Bank and deposits for me."

On Jan. 21, Pfister had posted, "The people that were supposedly taking care of my house are not doing what they said they would do," she wrote in another post, "and they're not paying rent and they haven't paid utilities." 

The two previous tenants have been held without bond since their arrest on March 3: William Francis Styler III and his wife, Nancy Christine Styler.  A work force agency moved them out of Pfister's home four days before she was found murdered.  The next court date for the Stylers is March 17, when they will be formally charged in the case. Kathy Carpenter will have an advisement hearing the same day.

"This case remains active and under investigation and investigators are still developing leads and interviewing witnesses," the sheriff's office said in a Saturday release.  "As previously stated, preserving the integrity of this case for successful prosecution is paramount to this office. Therefore, there will be no further information released regarding this arrest."

Pfister's parents Betty and Art Pfister, co-founded the Buttermilk ski area.

March 4 press conference on case: (Mobile users: http://youtu.be/tYTTmH9U4Hg

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