Roller’s body found near her Silverthorne home Friday |

Roller’s body found near her Silverthorne home Friday

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Summit Daily/Mark Fox

SILVERTHORNE – The Silverthorne Police Department discovered the body of a Stephanie Roller Friday afternoon in the Blue River north of Silverthorne, just blocks from the home of the local woman missing since Tuesday morning.

The Summit County Coroner confirmed Friday evening the body is that of Roller after comparing dental records.

Silverthorne Police Chief Mark Hanschmidt would not confirm foul play.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation joined Silverthorne police to process the scene where the body was found.

Roller’s brother and sister were preparing to hold a press conference about the missing woman at 2 p.m. Friday when authorities asked them to wait, said Bill Nielsen, a spokesman for the Roller family.

Nielsen said they were told that the search had suddenly focused to a different area but were given no reason why.

After Hanschmidt’s 3 p.m. news conference, Nielsen said the family was still in the dark. He said they had been told what was announced at the press conference – that a body had been found but no identification was made.

“We are starved for information,” said Nielsen Friday afternoon. He said that the only other thing they had been told was that the body was found “nearby” Stephanie Roller’s home.

Roller, 41, lost her job with the county in a wave of layoffs on Oct. 13. Her older sister, Ramona Roller, said Stephanie Roller had had a hard time in the several weeks since.

Ramona Roller said Stephanie Roller argued with her husband the day she was laid-off.

“There have been struggles with herself and what she wants out of life,” Ramona Roller told the Denver Post. “The combination of the discipline and being laid off of a job she loved so much, it was very hard on her.”

Records and family reports suggest there were marital problems between Roller and her husband. Roller filed for divorce on Nov. 1.

Stephanie Roller has been married to Dale Bruner, a wildlife photographer, for 11 years. The couple have three young children. Until October, Roller worked for Summit County Government as an engineering technician. She was let go in a wave of layoffs the county did as part of budget tightening. Roller also taught dancing in Frisco.

She was last seen at her home on Willow Lake Court in the Rainbow Drive area of Silverthorne on Monday night, when she apparently left the house. She was reported missing by her husband the following morning.

Police immediately searched the area around the house and, turning up nothing, enlisted the help of Summit County Rescue Group to cover a larger area around the home.

Approximately 50 volunteers from 10 search and rescue organizations from around the state continued to scour the area for Roller through the rest of the week as temperatures dropped below zero, Jim Koegel, a mission coordinator for Summit County Rescue Group said.

Roller had been last seen wearing a red jacket, blue jeans and snow boots Monday evening.

Individuals with information regarding this case are asked to contact the Silverthorne Police Department tip line at (970) 262-7326.

SDN reporter Caddie Nath can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

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