Task Force set up to investigate Brumback murders, 2008 Dundee homicides

May 20, 2013

A Task Force will investigate both the deaths of a Creighton doctor and his wife last week in west Omaha and the 2008 murders of two people in Dundee.

OPD Chief Todd Schmaderer and Deputy Chief Mary Newman update the Brumback murders Monday afternoon.
Credit Katie Knapp Schubert / KIOS-FM

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer announced Monday that the Task Force includes more than a dozen OPD officers, along with state officials and the FBI. Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary, both age 65, were found murdered in their west Omaha home last Tuesday. Brumback was a doctor in the Alegent Creighton Hospital Pathology Department. 

Chief Schmaderer says the Task Force will be thorough in its work.

"The Task Force will explore all leads and angles, and certainly one angle we’re exploring, very hard, is whether the 2008 and the 2013 homicides are related. However, we will not abandon other leads and angles while investigating these homicides. Please understand the details of the investigation evidence will only be released on rare occasions when we find it advantageous to our investigation."

In March 2008, 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and his family’s housekeeper, 57-year-old Shirlee Sherman, were stabbed to death inside Hunter’s home in Dundee. Hunter’s parents are both doctors at Alegent Creighton Hospital, and his father was a colleague of Dr. Brumback’s in the Pathology Department.  

No additional information was released as to the causes of death of Dr. and Mrs. Brumback.