|Perkins Co. Sheriff dispels rumor of arrest in Wood murder case|
By Jan Goff
The Grant Tribune-Sentinel
There has not yet been an arrest, nor is an arrest imminent in the Corrie Wood murder case, despite rumors to the contrary.
According to Perkins County Sheriff Jim Brueggeman, the case is still very actively being worked by investigators of the Nebraska State Patrol.
Hearsay was circulating last week and the week prior that an arrest was recently made with overwhelming evidence against a suspect in the September 2008 death of Wood—not true.
Although some of the evidence has already been tested, Sheriff Brueggeman said the State Patrol is still conducting evidence testing, and upon completion of the testing, all reports will be forwarded to the Perkins County Attorney’s Office.
As recently as Feb. 17, Sheriff Brueggeman and Perkins County Attorney Richard H. Roberts met with investigators from the Nebraska State Patrol to discuss the status of the criminal investigation.
“The case is still active and the investigation is ongoing,” said Brueggeman. “It’s not a cold case.”
Once the evidence testing is completed, the same agencies mentioned above will regroup to review the case and make a determination on whether charges can be filed and an arrest warrant issued.
“It takes time, and it can’t be taken lightly,” said Brueggeman. “We need to be patient and be sure to convict the right person. Her (Wood’s) family has been patient, just like we’ve been patient. Now if we could just get the public to understand.”
Tab Wood, brother of the victim, said the family has not learned of anything new from the State Patrol’s investigation. He said things quiet down a couple of weeks, then another rumor gets out.
“They (State Patrol) aren’t releasing anything,” said Wood. “They’re very tight lipped with us, and we’ve asked every question we can think of. They are very vague and they’re very well trained—they can talk for 10 minutes and not say anything.”
Brueggeman said he, along with the other agencies, is determined to see that justice gets served.
“We do care—it’s not something to forget about,” he said. “We’re committed to solving this. Not a day goes by that we don’t open the file, or discuss it.”
Corrie J. Wood, 28, was found dead in her home by her boyfriend, Scott Petro, at approximately 10 a.m. the morning of Sept. 20, 2008.
An autopsy was performed at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff with preliminary results indicating she died as a result of blows to the head and body. A murder investigation followed.
Wood is a Chase County High School graduate and had a four-year-old daughter who was not at home during the time of her death.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Nebraska Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-1494. They may remain anonymous. A tip can also be reported by logging on to the web site at www.nebraska crimestoppers.com.