Wife of man found dead in Fort Collins apartment wants killer brought to justice

Joann Grabusky says husband didn't deserve to die
Posted at 6:34 PM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-05 18:42:24-04

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Police have arrested an 18-year old Fort Collins man who they suspect killed 65-year old William Grabusky.

Investigators traveled to Ogden, Utah to assist the Davis County Sheriff's Office in the arrest of Dylan Joseph Thompson.

They say they are still looking into the connection between the suspect and victim.

Thompson is being held for investigation of First Degree Murder, Tampering with a Deceased Human Body, Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft and Unauthorized Use of a Financial Transaction Device. 

Victim's Wife wants Justice

Grabusky's wife says she wants his killer brought to justice.

Joann Grabusky told Denver7 that her husband, William, didn’t deserve to die.

“He was the nicest man on earth,” she said. “Why this happened and how this happened is unbeknownst to me. I’m shocked. I’m in disbelief.”

Grabusky said she called William last week to ask whether their disabled son, Nicholas, should undergo surgery.

“He didn’t return a call,” she said, “so I texted him.”

There was no reply. That’s when Joann decided to call police.

Grabusky, who lives in Pennsylvania, said police called her and told her they found her husband, deceased, in his third floor apartment on Riva Ridge Place in Fort Collins.

“I said, ‘are you sure it’s him’. They said, ‘Maam, we really can’t say anything right now because things that are in that apartment are suspicious.’”

Grabusky said her husband retired from Amtrak about three years ago and had been living in Fort Collins for nearly that long.

She said she has no idea how he was killed, “and I don’t want to know.”

Police were back on scene Friday, processing more evidence inside the victim’s apartment.

Fort Collins Police Services spokeswoman Kate Kimble told Denver7 that a citizen tip led them to the victim’s car.

“It was found unoccupied in Fort Collins,” she said.

The Larimer County Coroner hasn’t released a cause of death, and police aren’t saying how they suspect Mr. Grabusky was killed.

“At this point,” Kimble said, “based on the information we’ve gathered, we don’t believe there’s a threat to the community, but we want to ask that people take the normal safety precautions that they would in their daily life.”

The victim’s wife said she wants justice.

“I hope to God they find the monster who killed my husband,” Joann Grabusky said. “I really, really do. I don’t even want to know how they killed him. I really don’t.”

Kimble said police, too, want justice for the victim’s family.

“Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity, or who may have known Mr. Grabusky or who knew about any activity in that apartment, that’s going to help us put this case together and seek justice for the victim and his family.”