Police To Update Brumback Murder Investigation On Monday

By: Brian Mastre, Jacki Ochoa, Jeff Sabin
By: Brian Mastre, Jacki Ochoa, Jeff Sabin
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Omaha police said Saturday that Chief Todd Schmaderer will hold a news conference Monday afternoon to update the investigation into the murders of a Creighton University professor and his wife.

The bodies of 65-year-old Dr. Roger Brumback and his 65-year-old wife Mary were found inside their home near 114th and Shirley last Tuesday morning.

Police have been trying to determine if this double-homicide is related to another double-homicide five years ago. Eleven-year-old Thomas Hunter and his family's housekeeper Shirlee Sherman were found dead inside the Hunter home near North 54th and Davenport streets on March 13, 2008. That case remains unsolved.

Both sets of murders have a connection to the Creighton Pathology Department where Thomas' father was a colleague of Dr. Brumback. Dr. Bill Hunter tells Channel 6 News police have been in contact with him, but he could not say anything more.

Creighton University confirmed for Channel 6 News Friday that it is taking extra precautions around campus while police try to determine if there is a connection. Channel 6 has also learned some individual staff members at Creighton are getting extra security both on and off campus.

There is still a reward of up to $54,000 for information leading to an arrest in the Sherman/Hunter homicide. Anyone with information on either case is asked to call the Omaha Police Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656 or Crime Stoppers at 402-444-6867 (STOP).

While police have not released any details about the Brumback murders, neighbors are on edge. So far, all police have said is that they are treating this as a double homicide, but not knowing what happened has some neighbors being extra cautious.

Trix Cormaci just wants to know if there is a dangerous person on the loose. “I don't know whether there's someone around the neighborhood or just what, so naturally we're nervous about it."

Neighbor Arlene Geschwender has lived next to the Brumback's for more than 10 years. “I can't say I knew him very well, but I did know her and she was just sweet, just really a nice, nice lady." Geschwender said they had big plans to move to a small town in West Virginia. “They were looking forward to this new adventure. He was going to teach at this small college. He's a pathologist and they had already bought a house in West Virginia."

While there are still many unanswered questions about what happened, Geschwender isn't worried about her safety. “I think that it is probably something that won't happen again in this neighborhood. I think it was probably somebody who was upset with them for whatever reason, I don't know."

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