Women in Breckenridge bar may hold clues to N.J. man’s disappearance | AspenTimes.com

Women in Breckenridge bar may hold clues to N.J. man’s disappearance

Ashley Dickson
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. ” Breckenridge police are now looking to identify eight women who were seen with Alphonse “Michael” Barbiere before he disappeared after leaving a local bar last Thursday night.

Barbiere was last seen early Friday morning walking north on Main Street from Cecilia’s Bar in Breckenridge. An intensive weekend search and rescue operation revealed no clues regarding his whereabouts; authorities suspended the search on Sunday night.

Police are looking to identify anyone who was seen interacting with Barbiere at Cecilia’s and have obtained photos of eight females who may have more information on the series of events that led to Barbiere leaving the bar alone.

“We have a picture of a blonde girl Mike was dancing with for the last hour he was at the bar,” said close family friend Bob Nixon. “We are trying to track her down and see if she can help us put the pieces together.”

On Monday, Barbiere’s parents announced they were offering a $10,000 reward through Summit County Crime Stoppers for information leading to the discovery of their missing son.

Nixon, along with Barbiere’s brother and brother-in-law, have remained in Breckenridge this week to search for clues to his 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.”

The Barbiere family is doing what it can to spread the word of Michael’s disappearance and have even set up a Facebook page dedicated to obtaining more leads.

Friends and family in Barbiere’s hometown of Wyckoff, N.J. will gather for a candlelight vigil on Friday night, marking one week since he was last seen in Breckenridge.


Summit County Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 to callers who help solve a crime in Summit County. All callers remain anonymous. Call 1 (866) 453-7867 with tips.

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