Task Force Will Investigate Brumback Murders
Chief Todd Schmaderer has named a task force to investigate the murders of Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife Mary and a possible link to the 2008 murders of Thomas Hunter and Shirlee Sherman.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE - Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer has named a task force to investigate the murders of Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife Mary and a possible link to the 2008 murders of Thomas Hunter and Shirlee Sherman.
Someone killed the Brumbacks in their home near 114th & Shirley last week. Dr. Brumback was a professor of pathology at Creighton University. He planned to retire next month and move to the east coast. Thomas Hunter's father, Dr. William Hunter is also a professor of pathology at Creighton. Sherman was the Hunter's housekeeper. She and Thomas were murdered in the Hunter's Dundee home in March 2008. Thomas was a student at King Science Center.
Chief Schmaderer made his first public comments about the investigation Monday, saying he understands the community's fear and uneasiness. He says detectives are studying the connection between Drs. Brumback and Hunter but says it's too early to say if doctors are being targeted.
The task force will work seven days a week on the investigation; it includes the Omaha FBI office. Some members of the task force have worked on the Hunter/Sherman case for years. "I would not want this task force to come after me, if I was the killer," said Schmaderer.
The chief refused to answer specific questions about the Brumback investigation, including how the couple died.
Police discovered their bodies Tuesday morning after a deliveryman found the front door open and saw a gun clip on the floor.
Chief Schmaderer said police have talked to Dr. Hunter; he would not discuss conversations he has had with the Brumback family.
The chief asked anyone with information on these cases to call the Omaha Police homicide unit at 402-444-5656 or Omaha Crime Stoppers 402-444-6867.