Bobbie Jo Oberholtzer Bio – Bobbie Jo Oberholtzer Wiki
Bobbie Jo Oberholtzer and Annette Schnee — disappeared on the same day; their cases were not linked until Annette’s body was discovered six months later.
Bobbie Jo Oberholtzer was 29 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
On Jan. 6, 1982, a bitterly cold evening with blizzard-like conditions, two women hitchhikers vanished from the popular ski resort town of Breckenridge, Colorado. They were later found shot to death.
Even though the women Bobbie Jo Oberholtzer and 21-year-old Annette Schnee — disappeared on the same day, their cases were not linked until Annette’s body was discovered six months later. She was wearing an orange sock — a recent Christmas present from her mother. Investigators had found her other orange sock near the body of Bobbie Jo, and they knew then that the women almost certainly were killed by the same person.
But for nearly 40 years, their killer’s identity confounded police, even though he was within their grasp the night of the murders. It was only when the killer was identified decades later that investigators learned the bitter truth.
On the night of the murders, authorities had launched an all-out effort to rescue a local miner, Alan Lee Phillips, whose truck became stuck in a raging snowstorm. It would be decades before police realized Phillips had killed Bobbie, Jo, and Annette only hours before the rescue.
Phillips’ rescue and crimes were revealed during his trial this year, where he was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and other charges.