Family takes on search for Barbiere
February 11, 2008
BRECKENRIDGE ” Efforts to find 23-year old Alphonse “Michael” Barbeire remain suspended today as law enforcement, friends and family continue to hunt down more clues regarding what happened the night he went missing.
“We’re tired, frustrated and trying to follow up on every little lead,” said close family friend Bob Nixon.
Barbiere was last seen early Friday morning walking north on Main Street from Cecilia’s Bar. According to a release from Breckenridge police, Barbiere was “highly intoxicated” when he left the bar alone and headed into a severe weather.
Last weekend, more than 58 rescue group volunteers, law enforcement and three rescue dogs continued to search for Barbeire, operating within a half-mile radius of where he was last seen.
“Upon brainstorming with the Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, we thought there was a 90 percent probability that additional searching within the search parameters would not find anything,” said Assistant Chief Greg Morrison with the Breckenridge Police Department.
Barbiere and several friends from high school arrived in Breckenridge on Wednesday for an annual long-weekend ski trip. After a day on the mountain they headed to Cecilia’s Bar where police said Barbiere “had words” with three unidentified men.
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Police are also looking to identify the three white males that were seen interacting and posing for pictures with Barbiere only two hours before his disappearance.
These three individuals are not suspected of any suspicious or criminal activity, but police want to determine if the missing man made any comments to these individuals before his disappearance.
Nixon, along with Barbiere’s brother and brother-in-law, have remained in Breckenridge this week to continue tracking down any potential clues to shine more light on Barbiere’s disappearance.
“We would like to see a bigger effort made by police,” said Nixon. “We think there is more to this than meets the eye because Mike is a very smart kid and now our thought is that there was some sort of foul play.”
According to a statement released by the family, Barbiere is an honors graduate of New York University and had been working as a trader on Wall Street.
Family and friends suspect that Barbiere attempted to hitchhike somewhere after leaving the bar. Adding to the complicated search is the fact that Barbiere was not carrying his cell phone with him on Thursday evening, marking one of the rare occasions he ever traveled without it.
“Search and rescue groups have told us that they will not start the search again until they get a good lead,” Nixon said. “So here we are, looking for leads.”