Omaha police, the FBI and Nebraska State Patrol have joined forces to investigate whether last week's slayings of a Monroeville native and Creighton University physician and his wife are connected to the stabbing deaths of an 11-year-old boy and his family's housekeeper five years ago.
Police Chief Todd Schmaderer announced Monday he has formed a task force to look into possible ties between the deaths of Roger Brumback and Mary Brumback, both 65, and the March 13, 2008, fatal stabbings of Thomas Hunter and Shirlee Sherman, 57, inside the Hunter family's Dundee home. The task force's sole assignment is to solve the four homicides.
The task force will be composed of more than a dozen homicide detectives, including several from the police department's cold-case unit, which has been working on the Dundee slayings.
Dr. Brumback was a friend and colleague of William and Claire Hunter of the Creighton University School of Medicine. Thomas was their son; Sherman was the family's housekeeper.
At the time of the Dundee slayings, Dr. Brumback was William Hunter's boss in the pathology department. Claire Hunter is in the cardiology department.
The Dundee slayings remain unsolved.
The Brumbacks' bodies were discovered by a piano mover last week inside the couple's home at 11421 Shirley St.
Schmaderer on Monday declined to say how and when they were killed, citing the ongoing investigation. The only time details will be released is when police deem it advantageous to the investigation, he said.
Police have said they have received several tips on the slayings.