Search continues for missing New Jersey man
February 18, 2008
BRECKENRIDGE ” The Breckenridge Police Department is continuing to hunt down leads in the disappearance of Alphonse “Michael” Barbiere who was last seen leaving Cecilia’s Bar on Feb. 8.
Despite a massive search which included more than 58 rescuers, there are still no solid clues as to where Barbiere might be after being missing for more than 10 days.
Given that there has been no new information in the search, rumors have started to circulate around Breckenridge that Barbiere has been found and that the search has ended.
“We have not stopped looking, and as long as there is still something to check out, we will keep working if it is doable and reasonable,” said Breckenridge Police Chief Rick Holman.
Breckenridge police have been able to identify several individuals who were seen with Barbiere at Cecilia’s that night, but those interviews provided no additional information regarding his whereabouts.
The Barbiere family is continuing to travel back and forth between Breckenridge and their hometown of Wyckoff, N.J., working closely with police to spread the word that the 23-year-old still remains missing.
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“If you go around town it’s unusual to find someone that hasn’t heard one of the rumors,” said Michael’s brother Bob Barbiere. “It’s amazing how detailed the rumors are, and the shame of it is, for the most part, people have basically quit in terms of looking around.”
According to the family, hundreds of flyers were removed by store owners that had heard Barbiere’s body had been found last week. In an effort to keep locals informed, the family spent an entire day canvassing the town hanging up new flyers and spreading the word that the search has not ended.
In addition to working with Breckenridge police the Barbiere family is now working with two former FBI agents who have a combined 30 years of experience dealing with missing persons and abductions.
The two former agents are working closely with the family and local authorities in a combined effort to gather any information from people who were in or around Cecilia’s Bar on Feb. 8.
“It’s not reasonable to think we are going to search every square inch of the county,” Chief Holman said. “But we will still try to track down anyone who may have seen or heard anything.”
Barbiere’s disappearance has netted a lot of national attention and friends and family have set up a Facebook page, Myspace page and website, http://www.bringmikehome.com, all dedicated to obtaining more information as to what happened the night he went missing.
“It’s been really tough, but we are so thankful that the police and people in the area have opened their hearts up to us,” Bob Barbiere said. “Everyone needs to continue to keep their eyes open and know that he is still missing.”
The family of the missing is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of Barbiere, and urge that anyone who has any additional information regarding the disappearance contact Summit County Crime Stoppers at (866)453-4867.