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70-year-old man arrested in Park County cold case appears in court

Alan Lee Phillips is accused in the 1982 murders of Annette Schnee, 21, and Barbara Oberholtzer, 29.

PARK COUNTY, Colo. — The man accused of murdering two women last seen hitchhiking near Breckenridge appeared in a Park County courtroom Friday where the judge ruled that investigative documents be made available to his defense team.

Alan Lee Phillips, 70, was arrested Feb. 24 on the following charges in two crimes committed on Jan. 6, 1982:

  • Kidnapping
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Murder after deliberation

His next court hearing was set for Monday, March 8 at 11:30 a.m.

Phillips is accused in the 1982 killings of Annette Schnee, 21, and Barbara Oberholtzer, 29.

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Schnee was last seen about 4:45 p.m. on Jan. 6, 1982, according to the cold case database from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Her body was found about six months later on July 3, 1982, in rural Park County, about 20 miles south of Breckenridge.

Credit: KUSA file photo
Annette Schnee

Oberholtzer was last seen at 7:50 p.m. on Jan. 6, 1982, and her body was found about 3 p.m. the following day near the summit of Hoosier Pass, about 20 feet off of the highway down a snow embankment.

Credit: KUSA file photo
Barbara Oberholtzer

Park County Sheriff Tom McGraw said genetic genealogy led to Phillips' arrest. Phillips, a semi-retired mechanic, is a resident of Clear Creek County who has lived in Colorado since the murders, McGraw said. He is being held without bail in the Park County Jail.

Credit: Park County Sheriff's Office
Alan Lee Phillips

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McGraw also asked for anyone with information in the case to call a special tip line at 720-248-8378.

Credit: Colorado Bureau of Investigation
A picture of Alan Lee Phillips from the 1980s.

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