COLD CASE FILE: SCHNEE / OBERHOLTZER
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Barbara "Bobbie" Jo Oberholtzer
Dec 25, 1952 ~ Jan 6, 1982
(Photo story below)
White female, 5' 3" tall, 100 lbs., Long blond hair, Blue eyes, Age at death: 29
Bobbie Jo's last known stop in Breckenridge, Colorado was at approximately 7:50 PM on Wednesday, January 6, 1982, leaving the Village Pub. Bobbie worked in an office in the same building and was celebrating a promotion. She was then seen alone near the Minit Mart, about 100 yards from the Pub entrance, hitchhiking southbound out of town.
Bobbie's body was found at approximately 3:00 PM the following day, Thursday, January 7, 1982 near the summit of Hoosier Pass, approximately 10 miles south of Breckenridge. Bobbie was found face up 300 feet south of the parking lot at the top of the pass and 20 feet off the southbound lane of Highway 9, down a snow embankment. The pass was covered in deep snow which had been plowed along the sides of Highway 9. It was a very cold night, about 20 below, and it may have been snowing.
Death resulted from a gunshot wound to the chest, with a second grazing wound to the right breast, and the shooting appeared to have occurred at the location where the body was found. Evidence indicated that Bobbie was shot at close range of 1 to 2 feet.
Evidence at the scene indicated that Bobbie may have gotten out of the suspect's vehicle at the top of the pass. Her key ring, with a metal hook defensive weapon made for her by her husband, was found in the parking lot at the summit. Bobbie may have run downhill along the road approximately 300 feet and was possibly again confronted by the assailant(s). She then seems to have gone over the snow embankment toward a stand of trees, stopping short of the trees, and retracing her tracks a short distance. She fell onto her back and slid down the snow a short distance before coming to rest where she died.
The weapon used was a .38/.357 handgun using a Remington/Peters copper jacketed hollow point bullet. The weapon has NOT been recovered.
A pair of 18" plastic tie-wraps were found on one wrist, suggesting that someone had attempted to bind Bobbie Jo.
Also on January 7, items from her backpack/purse were located approximately 20 miles from the crime scene along the south/east side of US Highway 285 north and east of Fairplay toward Denver. Three significant items were recovered together approximately 30 feet off the highway lying on top of the snow in an open field. These 3 items consisted of the victim's backpack and some of its contents, her bloodstained wool glove, and a bloodstained tissue.
Wallet contents were scattered along the same side of US 285 with the driver's license found north of the backpack at the Hamilton ranch.
DNA testing has concluded that the source of the blood on both the glove and the tissue is from the same unknown male donor.
A wooden cross has been erected at the site where Bobbie Jo's body was found. (Photo taken August 2005)
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