Manhunt for sniper extends to Wyoming backcountry
Associated Press Writer
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) ” Police used a Black Hawk helicopter Monday to fly over places in the southeast Wyoming backcountry where a former sniper-trained soldier suspected of killing his wife might be hiding.
Robin Munis, 40, was shot through a glass door in the head while singing in a band at an Old Chicago restaurant early Saturday. She died immediately. Police found the bullet in a door frame and believe she was shot by a high-caliber rifle from the parking lot.
Munis’ estranged husband, David Munis, 36, has been the only suspect.
Munis is an experienced hunter. From interviewing friends and family over the weekend, police suspected that he might be headed for the woods, in particular places familiar to him from years of hunting big game.
The helicopter was on loan from the state and being flown over the Snowy Range, a popular recreation area in Medicine Bow National Forest about 70 miles west of Cheyenne. Flights also were covering Guernsey State Park and nearby Camp Guernsey, about 80 miles north of Cheyenne.
Munis has been the Wyoming National Guard since 2003. One of his jobs has been to promote Camp Guernsey, a sprawling military training area just north of the equally large state park.
“We’re not confident of finding him,” police Capt. Jeff Shulz said. “But we’re going to look everywhere we’ve got a chance to look.”
He said police also were studying Munis’ financial records for clues to his whereabouts.
They doubted that Munis was still in Cheyenne. They were holding out the possibility he was headed to Montana ” he is from Philipsburg in western Montana and still has many relatives there ” or Kentucky, where he has been in touch with a friend in the Army.
Munis served in the Army from 1999 to 2003. He went to sniper school and air assault school while on active duty, according to Deidre Forster, spokeswoman for the Wyoming National Guard.
“Robin and Dave were members of our family too, and our hearts go out to the families. I don’t think anybody expected this,” she said Monday.
She said the Black Hawk was being flown by three Guard members and was carrying five police officers.
An aunt of Munis’ doubted that her nephew killed his wife.
“I can’t believe that he would do such a thing. He was always a gentle kind of person, never very rattled, never had a temper or anything,” said Rosalie Munis, of Philipsburg.
She said the Munises originally were a ranching family that homesteaded in the area, but most of the family was no longer ranching, except her.
She described her nephew as a “fun-loving” guy, but hadn’t seen her nephew for a year, when he was back in town for his father’s funeral. She met Robin Munis during the visit.
“They seemed to be fine,” she said. “And as far as I know, David is a good Christian, and I can’t believe that he would do something like this. But you know, things happen.”
She said she knew that the Munises were getting divorced, but hadn’t heard of any unusual amount of acrimony between them.
Police said they talked to Munis just hours before the killing on Friday, however, after he’d made repeated harassing phone calls to his wife’s cell phone. They said Munis had agreed to stop calling her.
Police said David Munis had no criminal record to their knowledge.
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