DENVER - Thirty-three years ago today, two women were abducted and killed in Breckenridge. They apparently didn't know each other, but both decided to hitchhike in the area.
Annette Schnee had finished her day job at the Holiday Inn in Frisco and was on her way home to change for her night job -- working at a bar in Breckenridge. She was last seen leaving a drug store in Breckenridge at 4:45 p.m., investigator Charlie McCormick told 7NEWS.
Her body was found six months later.
Barbara "Bobbie Jo" Oberholtzer was celebrating a promotion at a bar in Breckenridge. She left her friends at 7:45 p.m. to hitchhike home to her husband in Alma, on the other side of Hoosier Pass, McCormick said.
Her body was found the next day.
Both women had been shot.
Schnee was found wearing an orange sock. An orange sock was also found in the vicinity of Oberholtzer's body, appearing to connect the murders, according to RockyMountainColdCase.com.
"Both were just trying to go home at the end of the day," McCormick said.
Now McCormick and another investigator with the 11th Judicial District Homicide Task Force will be presenting photos and evidence from the case at two public meetings.
"Basically, what we're doing, is opening up the case to the public to get more information," McCormick said. "With old murder cases like this, you have to keep them in the public eye."
McCormick says the case is resolvable and prosecutable. He said they have DNA and good evidence to identify the killer.
"We need to hook up the DNA with whoever it belongs to," McCormick said.
The DNA is in the Colorado and national database's, but it hasn't matched anyone yet.
The blood, McCormick explained, came from a glove and a tissue.
McCormick said the blood is the same type as one of the victims, so investigators originally thought it came from a victim. But later DNA testing showed the blood belonged to a man.
"She [one of the victim's] put up one helluva a fight," McCormick said explaining the victim must have hit the suspect at least twice to get the attacker's blood.
"Whoever it [the blood] belongs to will have a difficult time explaining how his blood got on the victim’s glove," McCormick said.
It's been a difficult case because the evidence was scattered over a 32-mile area in two different counties.
"We have two victims who apparently disappeared three hours apart, their bodies were found eight miles apart, and found six months apart," McCormick said.
"With new technology and DNA, we’re hoping the reintroduction of the case to a broad audience will lead to more tips," Summit County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Taneil Ilano told 7NEWS.
The public meetings are scheduled for January 13 in Fairplay at the Foss-Smith multi-purpose room at the high school and January 14 at the Frisco Community and Senior Center. Both meetings will be 6 to 9 p.m.
'We're really trying to make a big effort to put all of the information in the case out there, just in case there’s something that someone knows," Ilano said.
RockyMountainColdCase said on its website, "Any detail, however small, may be the missing piece to this mystery. PLEASE don't consider anything you may know as insignificant."
Tips can be called in to the Park County Sheriff's Office, the Park County District Attorney's Office, or the 11th Judicial District Homicide Task Force at 970-453-6378.