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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Development in 10-Year-Old Case, Suspect Arrested

Points of Contact:
Sheriff Ken McClure, Sac County: 712-662-7127
SAC Terry Klooster, DCI: 712-262-1873

Sac County, Iowa --- Yesterday, law enforcement arrested 45 year old Tracey Ann Richter-Roberts for the 2001 death of 20 year old Dustin Wehde in Early, Iowa.  Richter-Roberts is charged with Murder in the 1st Degree, a Class A Felony.  She is currently being held in the Douglas County, Nebraska Jail.

On December 13, 2001 at approximately 7:07 PM, the Sac County Sheriff’s Communication Center received a 911 call requesting assistance at the residence of Michael and Tracey Roberts, 105 W. South Avenue in Early, Iowa.  Upon arrival, law enforcement met Tracey Roberts and her three children inside the residence.  Wehde was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in the upstairs master bedroom.  Roberts told investigators Wehde and another, unknown person attacked her, but she was able to secure a handgun, fire and strike Wehde.  Roberts claimed a second individual fled before law enforcement arrived.  This individual has never been located or identified.

Through the course of a ten year investigation, law enforcement recovered evidence and information indicating the death of Wehde was planned and executed by Roberts. 

SAC County Arrest Warrant and Complaint

Tracey Richter-Roberts Photo
Tracey Ann Richter-Roberts, 45 yrs.

Law enforcement will make a statement and answer questions from the media at 1:00 PM today, Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at the Sac County Law Enforcement Center located at 100 NW State Street in Sac City.

Any member of the public with additional information regarding this incident or Dustin Wehde is encouraged to contact the Sac County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 662-7127 or the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (712) 262-1873. 

It should be noted a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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