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Deaths of ex-UPMC doctor, wife linked to previous murder?

| Thursday, May 16, 2013, 9:34 p.m.

Police in Nebraska are trying to determine if there is a link between the slayings of a former Monroeville man and his wife and the deaths five years ago of the son and housekeeper of colleagues at Creighton University.

The bodies of Dr. Roger A. Brumback, a 1965 graduate of Gateway High School, and his wife, Mary, both 65, were found Tuesday inside their home in Omaha, said Officer James Shade of the Omaha Police Department.

Brumback, who was selected as 2001 Alumni Fellow of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, served as chairman of the department of pathology at Creighton from 2001 through 2010. He taught at Creighton and recently announced plans to retire and move to West Virginia where he owned property, colleagues said.

Shade released few details on Thursday about the deaths of Brumback and his wife “to protect the integrity of the investigation.”

He said the Omaha Police Cold Case Unit is trying to determine whether there is any connection to the March 13, 2008, stabbing deaths of Thomas C. Hunter, 11, and Shirlee K. Sherman, 58, inside the Hunter home.

Roger Brumback worked with Hunter's father in the university's pathology department, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

Brumback, a noted researcher in Alzheimer's, worked as a neurologist at UPMC Presbyterian and Children's hospitals in 1977-78. His mother, Frances, lives in Monroeville.

Michael Hasch is a writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or mhasch@tribweb.com.

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