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Victim: Barbara Freyschlag
Victim: Barbara Freyschlag

Case Description

File Number: 86-31459   

The Victim: Popular Colorado Springs socialite and businesswoman, Barbara Anson Freyschlag was found murdered in her kitchen on October 25, 1986.  She was 55 at the time of her death, the mother of three grown children and the wife of K.G. Freyschlag, the President of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. 

A graduate of Colorado College, Mrs. Freyschlag had owned the Ski Broadmoor shop until the hotel closed its ski facilities earlier that year.  Throughout the years she had also been active in the Junior League, alumni groups and various other community organizations. Barbara Freyschlag was well known for her a commitment to the city. 

The Crime: Mrs. Freyschlag was likely killed in her Upper Skyway home on Constellation Drive during the night prior.  Her husband, K.G. Freyschlag found his deceased wife Sunday evening after he returned from a Nevada business trip.  She was lying on her back and had been shot at close range several times with a large-caliber weapon.

Mrs. Freyschlag had gone to a party at the El Paso Club Saturday evening and left alone between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m.  In the course of the investigation police found no indication of sexual assault, a struggle, robbery or even forced entry, nor did the house appear to have been ransacked.  Friends said it was unlikely Mrs. Freyschlag would have left doors unlocked. 

The Investigation: The murder weapon was never identified or retrieved.  Investigators suspected the assailant either knew Mrs. Freyschlag or had a key to the house.  Although many people had been interviewed, the one-acre property thoroughly searched, no suspect or motive for this crime has yet surfaced.

The Colorado Springs Police Department Homicide Cold Case Unit is currently responsible for approximately 90 unsolved homicide cases dating back to 1949. CSPD considers a case to be cold if it remains unsolved for more than one year.


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