Hermann police charge woman with murder after roommates death

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HERMANN - The Hermann Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol have identified the victim, 64-year old Marion Gerloff, of a murder Friday in Hermann. Gerloff was found dead inside her home.

Gerloff's roommate, 54-year old Karen Brinkley, who was identified as a suspect and taken into custody, has now been charged with second degree murder.

Brinkley is being held at the Crawford County Jail. Bond has been set at $500,000 cash or surety bond.

The cause of death has not been released due to pending results of an autopsy. 

KOMU 8 News will update the story as more information becomes available.

Editor's note: this story has been updated with the most current information.