Couple named 'persons of interest' in teen's death

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Posted: Oct 25, 2011 7:48 PM
Couple named 'persons of interest' in teen's death

A Utah couple has been deemed "persons of interest" in the death of a 16-year-old girl whose body was found last week off an interstate highway, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Alexis Rasmussen vanished Sept. 10 after babysitting for Eric and Dea Millerberg in North Ogden, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, police said. Her body was found on Oct. 18 after authorities received a tip from a confidential informant.

The Millerbergs told police that Rasmussen left before midnight to meet a friend. But authorities believe she died in a home on Sept. 11 and was moved to a grave near Interstate 84, Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said Tuesday, according to KSTU-TV. No evidence suggests that Rasmussen's friends were involved in her death, he said.

Eric and Dea Millerberg are "persons of interests" in the case, Smith said, adding that authorities have enough information to file charges in Rasmussen's death but are awaiting a full autopsy report, which could take weeks.

Smith spoke outside an Ogden courtroom after Eric Millerberg was sent to prison for violating probation in a 2010 fraud case.

Second District Judge Scott Hadley found that the 36-year-old had possessed heroin and Oxycontin and failed to report to his probation officer, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. On Tuesday, the judge reinstated Millerberg's original sentence of up to five years in prison, court officials said.

Millerberg spoke during his court appearance but didn't reference Rasmussen.

Dea Millerberg, 37, remains jailed after being charged Oct. 7 with two prescription fraud felonies. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.

A telephone message for Eric Millerberg's attorney wasn't immediately returned Tuesday. It wasn't immediately clear if his wife had a lawyer.