A Colorado man was arrested for two 1982 cold-case murders after forensic evidence identified him as a suspect, authorities announced Wednesday.
Clear Creek County resident Alan Lee Phillips, 70, was arrested on Feb. 24, 2021, and was set to be charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree assault, and two counts of first-degree homicide in the deaths of Barbara Jo Oberholtzer and Annette Kay Schnee.
Schnee, 21, was also last seen hitchhiking in the same area on Jan. 6, 1982. The sheriff’s office said the women were not traveling together. Schnee’s body was found six months later in a rural area of Park County, in July 1982.
Both woman were shot.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office said in 2020, multiple law enforcement agencies developed new information “with genetic genealogy to identify a potential suspect in the case,” and arrest warrants were obtained in February of this year.
The Associated Press reports friends and family discovered Oberholtzer’s body in a snow drift on the summit of Hoosier Pass. Schnee’s corpse was located six months later, fully clothed, in a creek in rural Park County.
Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw said Phillips is a retired mechanic who had lived in different Colorado locations over the years. Phillips, who had been under surveillance, was arrested in a planned traffic stop without incident, the Post reports.