Video: Leann Meyer person of interest denies killing her friend

Wheat Ridge's Leann Meyer was reported missing more than four months ago; see our previous coverage below.

Now, authorities confirm that her remains were found in Park County -- and they've identified Melissa Miller, Meyer's former roommate, as a person of interest in the case. Miller's not talking, but a video has surfaced in which she denies any wrongdoing and says she tried to kill herself over her friend's disappearance. See the video and more below.

As we've reported, Meyer, known by her friends as Annie, spoke with someone over the phone on February 23, then texted her employer about not coming to work two days later. She was officially reported missing on March 4.

Miller subsequently told members of the Wheat Ridge Police Department that Meyer had left with a woman named Cathy. Later, though, Miller is said to have stopped cooperating with investigators.

Within days, police found two missing vehicles associated with Meyer -- a pickup and a Toyota Rav4. But afterward, developments proved elusive until July 4, when, according to the WRPD, the Park County Sheriff's Office learned a group of people had found what seemed to be human remains near a cabin where they were staying.

This past Monday, July 8, Wheat Ridge reps were notified about the discovery, and forensic analysis confirmed the remains as Meyer.

What's described as "significant animal activity around the body" may have compromised some evidence. Hence, there's been no determination about either the manner or the cause of death thus far -- but suspicion is strong that foul play may have been involved.

To that end, a number of Meyer's friends cornered and questioned Miller without revealing to her that her responses were being recorded on video shared with 7News. In addition to using clips in its coverage, the station has posted raw footage of the conversation, in which Miller said, "You guys are friggen' ripping me, and I did nothing. I loved Annie more than any of you.... I tried to kill myself. I don't want to live without Annie."

Miller also maintained that she'd been in possession of the Rav4 and told police where to find it; the department says this information was actually provided by a neighbor. Miller added that "I dropped her off, Annie, at Sixth and Wadsworth. She wasn't feeling well. She got a bloody nose, and they [Meyer and Cathy] were going to go to dinner, so I dropped her off.

She can also be heard saying, "I'm as lost as you guys. I tried to kill myself. I don't even know what the fuck to do. I mean, Annie, was my whole life."

Look below to see the 7News report and the video of Miller, followed by our previous coverage.

Continue for our previous coverage of the Leann Meyer story.

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