Search widens for missing New Jersey man |

Search widens for missing New Jersey man


BRECKENRIDGE ” Sixty volunteers are searching the Breckenridge area today for Alphonse “Michael” Barbiere, who was last seen at 1:18 a.m. early Friday morning leaving Cecilia’s, 520 S. Main St., according to Breckenridge police.

Breckenridge police issued a release saying Barbiere, of Wyckoff, N.J., was “highly intoxicated” when he left into a blizzard early Friday morning, according to his friends. Barbiere, a white man with brown hair and brown eyes, then headed north on Main Street wearing a black and gray ski jacket, jeans and tan boots.

According to a statement from the Barbiere family, Michael is an honors graduate of New York University and currently works as a trader on Wall Street.

“Michael is someone who would fight to survive,” said close family friend Bob Nixon. “He is a very intelligent guy, and we think he might have tried to hitch hike. We are hoping anyone who was working late that night will come forward and say they saw him last.”

Anyone with details about the missing man should contact Breckenridge Police at (970) 453-3177.

This story will be updated.