SILVERTHORNE, Colo. -- The district attorney's office on Wednesday said the husband of a Silverthorne woman who was bludgeoned and drowned is a key suspect in her death, and yet the office does not have enough information to file charges.
Instead, the Eagle County District Attorney has requested a grand jury.
Stephanie Roller Bruner, a 41-year-old mother of three, became the subject of an intense search after she disappeared on Nov. 22.
Her husband, Dale Bruner, told police that Stephanie went for a walk and never returned. He reported her missing the next morning.
Summit County Search and Rescue found her body Nov. 26 in the Blue River near her home. The preliminary autopsy showed blunt force trauma and drowning as contributing factors in her death and that prompted the Silverthorne Police Department to transition the case from a death investigation to a homicide investigation.
The final results of the autopsy is still pending.
“After working closely with Chief Hanschmidt and representatives of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to review what the investigation has brought forth to date, a collective decision was made that a grand jury would be the most prudent course of action,” District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said in a statement.
Hurlbert filed a motion on Wednesday with the District’s Chief Judge to impanel a grand jury.
“A great deal of investigative work has been done to date, leading us to move forward with the grand jury route. We continue to work closely with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney’s Office on the details of this case," said Silverthorne Police Chief Mark Hanschmidt.
He had said Stephanie's husband has been cooperating with the investigation.
The couple had been married 11 years and their children are ages 9, 6 and 5.
On Oct. 13, Stephanie lost her job as Summit County government engineering technician and environmental planner and on the same day, she had a fight with her husband over the disciplining of their children.
Family members were stunned when Stephanie filed for divorce Nov. 1. Stephanie's sister described Dale as a nice man and good husband.