EDGEWATER, Colo. (CBS4) – Police have arrested the estranged husband of an Edgewater woman as well as two others eight years after the woman was found murdered.
Jefferson County officials revealed Wednesday that a grand jury indicted the three people on murder charges on Dec. 9 in the 2003 murder of Heather DeWild. The grand jury said not only did the trio kill Heather DeWild, they worked together to cover it up.
DeWild was 30 when she was reported missing in the middle of the summer after she went to her estranged husband Daniel DeWild’s home at 2031 Fenton in Edgewater. Her decomposed body was discovered about 6 weeks later in a shallow grave off Highway 6.
On Wednesday morning police arrested Daniel DeWild, 39, David DeWild, 39, and Roseanne DeWild, 50. Daniel DeWild was married to Heather but lived with David, his his twin brother, and Roseanne — Daniel’s girlfriend then and now his wife — at the time of the disappearance. The couple was scheduled to have their final divorce hearing the week after.
Police said DeWild’s neck and wrist were tied up and her body was wrapped in trash bags.
Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey said in a prepared statement that he was pleased that the grand jury returned the indictment in the case.
“Solving this homicide has been my priority since I took office in 2005. The investigation has been a long time coming, but investigators in my office, the Jefferson Sheriff’s County Office, the Arvada Police Department, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Edgewater Police Department have never forgotten Heather DeWild,” Storey said in the statement. “Homicide cases become much more difficult to solve with the passage of time. The tenacity of our investigators allowed us to take this to the grand jury. We are pleased that they have returned this indictment.”
Storey told CBS4 the trio knew they were still being investigated.
“I would say I don’t know if they were shocked that they were arrested,” Storey said.
There’s still more that the public doesn’t know, like a possible motive for Heather DeWild’s murder. Storey gave a possibility.
“This was a very contentious divorce,” he said. “Certainly it was a divorce that I don’t think that Daniel DeWild wanted … they were separated at the time. They were separated for a little bit.
“Now we have a lofty burden of proof and that is beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The three DeWilds are being held on a $1 million cash bond. They are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday morning.
LINK: The DeWild Indictment