Mother says her son was paid drugs for baby-sitting for couple investigated in Alexis Rasmussen's death

Warrants describe Millerberg home as 'crash pad' for teens

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 2 2011 1:00 p.m. MDT

The body Alexis Rasmussen, 16, of North Ogden, was found in Morgan County Oct. 18. She was last seen alive on Sept. 10 while baby-sitting for Eric and Dea Millerberg, who have been named persons of interest in her death.

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NORTH OGDEN — Friends of Alexis Rasmussen told investigators that the 16-year-old was often given drugs in exchange for baby-sitting, according to a search warrant filed in 2nd District Court.

Now a North Ogden mother, who asked not to be identified, said Wednesday that a year and a half ago, her son was also paid with drugs for baby-sitting the children of the couple now considered persons of interest in Alexis' death.

The woman said her son, who was 17 at the time, received heroin and other drugs in exchange for watching the children of Eric and Dea Millerberg.

"We didn't hear anything about Dea, we were just told that Eric was supplying him with drugs" for baby-sitting, the woman said.

When the woman first heard that Alexis went missing Sept. 10 after baby-sitting at the Millerbergs' home, she said she feared the worst.

"When I saw their names, I thought, 'This can't be good,'" the woman said.

The mother said her son is now doing much better after going through rehab. "I know that my son could have ended up a lot worse, if we wouldn't have gotten involved and if he wouldn't have gotten caught by the cops," she said.

"Words can't express how sorry I am for Alexis' family. I wish I could have known so I could have told them that these people are not people that you want your daughter to be spending time with."

Eric Millerberg did not want to go back to prison and Dea Millerberg wanted to protect her husband, the search warrant also indicates. But it apparently was associates and friends of the Millerbergs who didn't want to have any part in Alexis' disappearance and death who were key to helping police and prosecutors with their investigation.

Tuesday, the Standard-Examiner obtained search warrants in relation to the Rasmussen case. Shortly afterward, a judge ordered that the warrant be sealed. Wednesday, the newspaper posted the warrants on its website.

Eric Millerberg asked at least two friends to help him with a project. On the night Alexis went missing, he asked one friend — who was also a member of Millerberg's white supremacist gang — to "bring a car and don't ask any questions," the warrant states.

Names of all of the Millerbergs' and Alexis' friends were redacted from the search warrant for their protection.

One friend Eric Millerberg had asked to help later talked to an attorney. That friend commented to the attorney, "I can't believe he killed a little girl. I'm not getting involved with that," according to the Oct. 9 warrant.

Alexis was last seen Sept. 10 when she went to the Millerberg house to allegedly baby-sit. Her body was found Oct. 18 in Morgan County after police received a tip from a confidential informant.

As of Wednesday, Eric and Dea Millerberg had not been charged with a crime in connection with Alexis' disappearance and death. Dea Millerberg is currently in the Weber County Jail after being charged with two felony counts of falsely obtaining a prescription. Eric Millerberg was sent back to the Utah State Prison for violating his probation by using drugs.

Another friend told police that Eric Millerberg contacted him the night Alexis was last seen, saying, "I need to get rid of something, Holmes." That friend refused to help, according to court documents, but ran into Millerberg a few weeks later on the street. At that time, Millerberg made a comment that he was "not going back to prison for that girl," the warrant states.

During their interviews with Eric and Dea Millerberg before Alexis' body was found, police said the two insisted that after they had gone to bed, she left their house to meet up with a friend at Bates Elementary School.

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