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3rd Suspect Arrested In Aspen Socialite’s Slaying

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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the killing of an Aspen socialite, authorities said Saturday.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said Katherine M. Carpenter, 56, was arrested Friday night in the death of Nancy Pfister, 57. She is being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Pfister’s body was found in an upstairs closet at her home Feb. 26, but investigators have not said when or how she was killed.

On March 3, authorities arrested William F. Styler III, 65, and Nancy Christine Styler, 62, at a lodge in Basalt, where they were staying after apparently moving out of Pfister’s home Feb. 22, the same day Pfister returned from a vacation in Australia. The Stylers, who are married, are expected to be formally charged Monday with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Authorities said the couple rented Pfister’s home during the fall.

Pfister was the daughter of the late Betty and Art Pfister, longtime prominent Aspen residents who co-founded the Buttermilk ski area, which has hosted the Winter X Games multiple times.

Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said his office has faced a few difficulties during the investigation. It’s the first homicide case in Pitkin County in 12 years — not counting those classified as murder-suicides — and investigators have been conducting interviews in the courthouse, which is cramped.

Aspen is a ski resort town in the Rocky Mountains about 100 miles southwest of Denver.

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