Missing Woman's Roommate Arrested In Connection To Death

Credit: KCNC

A missing woman's roommate made her first court appearance Tuesday after being arrested in connection to her roommate's death.

The remains of Leeann "Annie" Meyer, 51, were found on the Fourth of July near a cabin in Park County. She had vanished in February.

Roommate Melissa Miller, 54, was the last person to see her.

Miller was taken into custody Monday, and is being held without bond in Fairplay. Clad in a black and white prison jumpsuit and hands cuffed in front of her, Miller made her first appearance in a Park County courtroom. Outside of uttering "no" when asked something by the judge, Miller remained silent during the proceedings.

A judge set a cash-only bond at $50,000.

Investigators aren't saying why they believe Miller is connected with Meyer's death, but KCNC says Miller hired a lawyer soon after Meyer disappeared.

In cellphone video of a conversation between Miller and some of Meyer's friends, Miller insists she's innocent.

“You guys are freaking ripping me apart, and I did nothing. I loved Annie more than any of you,” Miller is heard saying in the video, which was obtained by KCNC.

Her mother also insists her daughter is innocent, saying that she often went hiking with Meyer, but had nothing to do with her death.

Investigators from Wheat Ridge, where Meyer is from, told KCNC that they developed leads over the five-month investigation, which led to their interest in Meyer's roommate. They also said at the time of Meyer's disappearance that Miller wasn't cooperating with efforts to solve the case.

If Miller is found guilty in Meyer's disappearance and death, she could face as much as 48 years in prison.