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Barbara Jo Oberholtzer

Case Details

Case Type: Homicide

Height: 5' 3"

Case Status: OPEN

Weight: 100 lbs

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Incident Date: 01/06/1982

Occupation:

Agency: Park County Sheriff's Office

City: Fairplay

Date of Birth: 12/25/1952

County:

Date of Death: 01/06/1982

Agency Case #: 82-10

Age: 30

Judicial District: 11th Judicial District

Gender: Female

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Race: Caucasian

NamUs Case #: Unknown

Eyes: Blue

NCMEC Case #: Unknown

Hair: Blond/Strawberry

About this Case:

Ms. Oberholtzer was last seen at 7:50 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 1982 hitchhiking south out of the town of Breckenridge, Colorado. Ms. Oberholtzer's body was located approximately 3:00 p.m. the next day on January 7, 1982 on the summit of Hoosier Pass at 11,000+ feet elevation. A small parking lot is located at the pass summit and the body was found approximatley 300 feet further south along the road to Fairplay, Colorado. The summit is approximately 10 miles south of Breckenridge, Colorado along Colorado State Highway 9. The shooting occurred outside in a rural, isolated, mountain area next to Colorado Highway 9. It would have been dark, possibly snowing, and very cold (-20 degrees F). Death was due to loss of blood from a gunshot wound of the chest, with a second grazing wound to the right breast, and appeared to have occurred at the location of the body. The body was found approximately 20 feet off of the highway, down a snow embankment, and was lying on her back. Items from Ms. Oberholtzer's back pack/purse were located approximately 20 miles from the crime scene along US Highway 285 south and east toward Denver, Colorado. The weapon used was a .38/.357 handgun using a Remington/Peters copper jacketed hollow point bullet. This weapon has not been recovered. A copper jacket from Ms. Oberholtzer;s body is available for comparison.

If you have any information about this case, please contact:

Park County Sheriff's Office

Fairplay

Colorado

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