ATF agents, police investigators ‘done’ in Aspen
September 8, 2006
Federal investigators left Aspen on Thursday with a carload of evidence from the home of an Aspen socialite suspected of conspiracy in the murder of her ex-husband in 1996.”We’re done,” Tom Mangan, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent said Friday. He said the evidence authorities collected over the last few days at Pamela Phillips’ Meadowood home is on the way to Arizona.Officials suspect Phillips of hiring Ron Young to murder her ex-husband, Gary Lee Triano, in order to collect on a $2 million life insurance policy.”We anticipate we’re going to find the kind of evidence from Phillips’ house that will prove that she was in conversation with Young,” Mangan said.Mangan said many have called police to volunteer information about their relationships with Phillips or Young. And Mangan encouraged locals with any knowledge of the case to contact authorities at the ATF or here in Aspen.Aspen police investigator Ron Ryan said Friday, “We’ve had a couple of calls about normal course of business up at the house.” Delivery drivers, for example, worried the place would be cordoned off. “The house was released back to her [Wednesday] evening,” Ryan said, but he could not comment about whether Phillips was in residence.Federal investigators in Arizona are poring over the mountain of material they removed from Phillips’ house. They’re searching for corroborating evidence in the records of communication between Phillips and Young, both suspects in the conspiracy to murder young’s ex-husband, Gary Lee Triano.It’s now up to forensic analysts, who will plow through the mountains of information they removed from Phillips’ Aspen home Wednesday. Forensics specialists will take apart computers to find old e-mails.Mangan expects a hearing in Aspen in coming weeks, and suspects Phillips’ defense team will move to suppress the search warrant. He wished luck to any defense counsel who tries to pull apart a warrant he called a “very detailed line-item document that was drafted quite well.”The warrant implicates Phillips in the murder of her ex-husband in 1996. The warrant suggests Phillips hired Young, an ex-lover and suspected con man to assassinate flamboyant Tucson, Ariz., businessman Triano with a pipe bomb. Police in Florida arrested Young on Nov. 21 on suspicion of possession of a firearm while a felon. Evidence from his capture led police to Aspen.Charles Agar’s e-mail address is email@example.com.