Tenants charged with murder of Byron Bay woman in the US
A WOMAN from the USA who was living at Byron Bay and had her heart set on buying a house there is believed to have been murdered in her American home town.
Nancy Pfister, 57, had fallen in love with the laid-back Byron Bay lifestyle and returned to sort out problems with tenants in her home at West Buttermilk near Aspen in the Colorado ski fields.
CBS News in the US has now reported Ms Pfister's tenants are in custody and charged with her murder after the woman, described by the news network as an Aspen "socialite", was found dead in an upstairs closet in her home.
Ms Pfister had only been back in the US for four days when her body was found on February 26. According to her Facebook posts, she returned to Aspen only to sort out problems with the tenants.
On January 21, Ms Pfister put out a call on Facebook in January looking for new tenants for the property.
"Okay everyone I am still in Byron Bay I have just found most beautiful place on Earth and I really want to buy it," she posted.
"First of all I need somebody to rent my place in Aspen because the people that I was letting to did not come through they are out of there February 22nd I believe and I do not want to say much more."
Three days later again she posted on Facebook:
"Hi everyone I'm still in Australia and I'd like to stay in Australia but the people that were supposedly taking care of my house are not doing what they said they would do and they're not paying rent and they haven't paid utilities."
The Aspen Daily News Online reported authorities were called to a home on West Buttermilk Rd on Wednesday by a woman who said she had found Ms Pfister in an upstairs closet.
Police interviewed Ms Pfister's former tenants, William Francis Styler III, 65, and Nancy Christine Styler, 62, on Thursday. On Monday, US time, charged them each with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder.
The Aspen Times reports William Styler is a doctor who graduated from the Oklahoma State University College Of Osteopathic Medicine in 1979 and whose credentials expired in 2005.
US Police have declined to say how Ms Pfister died. An autopsy and toxicology testing has been done on Ms Pfister but the results won't be available for two weeks.
The Aspen Times quoted Sheriff Joe DiSalvo saying the investigation was onging and declining to rule out charges against more people.
"In this case, we worked hard, almost 24 hours a day, on little rest for a lot of people," Sheriff DiSalvo was quoted saying. "This was a collaborative, team effort that I'm proud of. This was a group of professionals working toward a successful investigation. My job is, for the most part, done."