Roommate charged in death of Minn. native

5:56 PM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
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PARK COUNTY, Colo. - The roommate of missing Wheat Ridge woman Leann "Annie" Meyer is facing second-degree murder charges.

Melissa Miller, 54, was arrested Monday for suspicion of murder. Meyer's remains were found near a Park County cabin on July 4.

A Park County Judge set Miller's bond at $50,000 during a court appearance Tuesday morning.

Friends of the victim were in the courtroom as a handcuffed Miller sat in front of a judge and heard the charges she is facing.

"I think it finally makes it real. It has definitely been a long road," Meyer's friend Sarah Hultgren said. "This last week was a whirlwind. I'm relieved for her family. We just want the truth. We want to know what happened."

Meyer was last heard from on Feb. 23, when she spoke to a friend over the phone. The last piece of communication from Meyer's phone was in a text message to her employer on Feb. 25.

Miller was the last person to see Meyer, Meyer's family said.

"Finding Annie's remains in Park County last week were a big part of this puzzle," Wheat Ridge Police Department Spokesman John Romero said. "Things started to come together for our investigators since then and that culminated in the arrest."

Friends of Annie Meyer confronted Melissa Miller about the disappearance in February.

One of them took cell phone video of Miller claiming that she was helping look for Meyer and was cooperating with police.

On the cell phone video, Miller says she tried to kill herself because she didn't want to live without Meyer.

She said a lawyer advised her not to provide an in-depth interview with police, but claims she gave them a number of leads to pursue.

Miller is currently being held at the Park County Detention Facility. A celebration of life festival is scheduled for July 28 at the Willis Case Golf Course at 11 a.m for Meyer.

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