Interestingly this case didn't make it to the Unsolved Mysteries that were all posted to Youtube as it seems some segments were edited out by the producers either to family being all deceased or wanting their privacy or the main suspect featured in each segment having been cleared by LE in the meantime.
The Dennis Farina version is on YouTube. Ridiculous that it focused so much on the husband. But at least they updated at the end to say he was no longer a suspect.
First segment on this episode:
Agree. Unfortunately for him, there were just a few coincidences that came into play. I am sure it was a living hell for him. But more and more of these old cold cases will be solved with genetics.Wow! So glad to see these cases have been solved!
I agree, its sad that the husband was so much the focus of the investigation. I know they have to eliminate spouses as suspects in these cases, so I'm glad they finally stopped pursuing him. I hope he was able to get on with his life.
With both of these cases, it seemed like it had to be someone local. Someone who drove around the community, worked there, even during the winter weather. Very frustrating for families and LE.
To be fair, towns are more spread out in Colorado—at least they were in the '80s. It wouldn't have been unusual for someone living in a small town out west to have to drive 60 miles to go out to eat at a fancy restaurant or even to go shopping.I'm not sure how local the suspect was. Phillips was apparently living 60 miles away from the Schnee murder site, which was 20 miles south of Breckenridge. It was that road that was argued as so obscure that seemingly only a local would know about it. So far there is no indication that Phillips ever lived within 40 miles of Breckenridge/60 miles from Schnee site. One of the reasons the husband became such a focus is they thought only a resident of the immediate area would know.
I certainly don't consider myself local to places 60 miles away from me. Of course, to the west that would be midway in the Everglades and to the east it would be 50 miles out into the Atlantic. But even if I use north that would mean I am local to Palm Beach County. That would be laughable. Delphi, Indiana is less than 60 miles from the Illinois state line. If an Illinois resident just across the state line turns out to be Bridge Guy, is he going to be deemed a local?
I was going to make sort of the same comment. 60 miles really isn't far in the west. And it certainly wouldn't be far for someone that was perhaps an outdoorsman. He would know lots about roads and terrain all over the area. Besides, when the LE said they believed it was someone "local" I think they just meant not someone passing through. This area, then and now, has lots of tourists and drifters coming and going. So I think they just meant it wasn't one of those people.To be fair, towns are more spread out in Colorado—at least they were in the '80s. It wouldn't have been unusual for someone living in a small town out west to have to drive 60 miles to go out to eat at a fancy restaurant or even to go shopping.
To be fair, towns are more spread out in Colorado—at least they were in the '80s. It wouldn't have been unusual for someone living in a small town out west to have to drive 60 miles to go out to eat at a fancy restaurant or even to go shopping.
Skiing and outdoor recreation as well or work in the resort towns draws people from all over the stateThis is true, especially back then, up in that Breckenridge area. There were a limited number of roads in the mountains and IIRC, people drove long distances for shopping, eating out, etc.
Per the suspects’s Facebook page which is amazingly still active...
“Born in Michigan. . Raised in Texas (west Texas, the ugly part), High school at Oklahoma Military Academy, College at Ottawa University, Lived in Kansas City for a while then moved to Colorado, Fairplay, 10,000 ft elevation in February. . Didn't stay there long. . Lived in Denver for a couple years before settleing down in Clear Creek County, Idaho Springs, Dumont, Georgetown. . . .”
Fairplay is just a few miles from where Schnee’s body was found, and only 10 minutes or so from Hoosier Pass. Definitely a local.
They should also look at him for Elizabeth (Beth) Miller since he lived in Idaho Springs too.
Sheriff McGraw described Phillips as a part-time mechanic who had lived in different Colorado locations over the years. He was arrested in a planned traffic stop, without incident, handcuffed and taken to jail. McGraw also said Phillips had been under surveillance at the time of his arrest.
“I’m not shocked he was still around,” the sheriff said. “It happens, I was not surprised.” He said at a press conference that their big break in the case came after forensic genetic genealogy investigators were able to connect Phillips to the crime scenes. The suspect's DNA sample was located on a genealogy database and led investigators to him.