Coroner Releases Report in Pfister Case

Apr 16, 2014

Pitkin County Courthouse
Pitkin County Courthouse
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There’s lots of questions surrounding the death of Nancy Pfister. The Aspenite passed away in February, and details have been locked up tight so far… by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office and the courts. The Pitkin County Coroner released a report Wednesday, April 16th, about how Pfister died. Coroner Steve Ayers says a forensic pathologist did the autopsy, and described the findings in a short statement.

There’s lots of questions surrounding the death of Nancy Pfister. The Aspenite passed away in February, and details have been locked up tight so far… by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office and the courts. The Pitkin County Coroner released a report Wednesday, April 16th, about how Pfister died. Coroner Steve Ayers says a forensic pathologist did the autopsy, and described the findings in a short statement.

“The cause of death was blunt trauma to the head and the manner of death was homicide.”

Ayers explains a heavy object was likely used to end Pfister’s life.

“It was a hard, object, a hard weapon, with a slightly curved surface on the end, and all we could say from the autopsy. Couldn’t really identify it.”

Pfister was found on Wednesday, February 26th, in the evening. The coroner’s report estimates she had passed a day and a half earlier. The report also shows the toxicology review. Ayers says there were three prescribed drugs in Pfister’s body. They were:

“Lorazepam, Zolpidem, and Meprobamate.”

Lorazepam is also known as Ativan, and is related to Valium. The other two prescriptions are a sleeping aid, and a muscle relaxer. Ayers says Pfister appears to have had safe, lower levels of all three drugs. It’s possible to have a dangerous combination of all three at higher doses.

Wednesday's report was completed some time ago, but a variety of factors kept the Coroner’s office from releasing the information until now. Three people are charged with committing first degree murder against Nancy Pfister. The District Attorney’s office and several media outlets have formally asked a judge to release court documents explaining the foundation for the case. That is expected to be discussed at the next court hearing, next Wednesday, April 23rd.