Carl Woolwine made a big mistake when he made a lewd comment about a female co-worker, and he was killed for it by Bobbie Rhynes. Murder Loves Company episode “Killer Cover Up” recounts the story, and it details how employees Joan Noble, 34, and Thomas Ertz, 28, got themselves wrapped up in the strange murder case three years ago. Carl Woolwine, age 50, was a handsome blond-haired man who went missing on a mountain in 2015 at the Alta Sierra Ski Resort (formerly known as Shirley Meadows Ski Resort) in Wofford Heights, California. Kern County investigators solved the missing persons-turned-homicide case after one of the group members reported what happened. Bobbie Rhynes, age 43, was arrested for the crime.
When Carl Woolwine left his home to make some extra money, he had no way of knowing a “creepy” comment would be the last one he’d ever make. Police records show that on October 12, 2015, a missing person report for Carl was filed by relatives, who told police Carl Woolwine hadn’t returned home. His truck was found abandoned a short time later in Wofford Heights, near the Alta Sierra Ski Resort. Investigators discovered Carl Woolwine worked at the ski resort on the weekends. He usually accompanied a group of employees, who were also friends and acquaintances.
Murder Loves Company episode “Killer Cover-Up” on Investigation Discovery
When a dear friend and co-worker vanishes on an isolated mountain, county detectives build their criminal case on a slippery slope of suspects and colleagues with murderous intentions.
For a brief time, there was speculation that the missing person case could be related to the disappearance of Carl Woolwine’s teenage daughter, who had run away with a 48-year-old family friend to another state. Her case made headlines. She was found safe, and her companion was arrested.
Investigators later determined there was no connection to the abduction of Carl Woolwine’s daughter. Detectives say a person out of a group of five, which included a 17-year-old, came forward with information surrounding Carl’s death, stating that on October 10, they drank beers and went hunting before doing some work at a building on the mountain. Joan Noble said in an interview with Bakersfield Now that Carl had made a comment with sexual overtones about her, and it made Bobbie Rhynes angry. She said she later heard a gunshot and found Bobbie Rhynes. He asked her to help him move the body. Bobbie Rhynes had shot Carl Woolwine to death. They used a hoe to make a hole and buried him in a shallow grave on the mountain at the Alta Sierra Ski Resort.
This news shocked investigators. They went digging for the body and found it. Investigators confronted Bobbie Rhynes, the 43-year-old supervisor and leader of the pack, who blamed the crime on Thomas Ertz at first. Later, he changed his story, confessing that it was all an accident.
The first trial ended in deadlock. Before the second trial began, Bobbie Dale Rhynes pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and was ordered to serve between 11 and 14 years in prison. Joan Noble and Thomas Ertz were given three years probation.
Friends say Carl was more than the comment he made. He loved eating at nice restaurants, such as the Coyote Bluff Cafe, and he enjoyed skydiving and coaching baseball. Murder Loves Company: “Killer Cover-Up” airs tonight at 10 p.m. on the ID Network.
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