Family looks for man missing in Summit
Summit County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado ” 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 vanished.
“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 in a blizzard.
Over the weekend, more than 58 rescue volunteers, law enforcement and three rescue dogs searched for Barbeire within a half-mile radius of where he was last seen.
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.
Police want to identify the three white males seen talking to 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 know what Barberie might have said to these men.
Nixon, along with Barbiere’s brother and brother-in-law, have remained in Breckenridge this week to continue tracking down any potential clues to 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.”
Barbiere is an honors graduate of New York University and had been working as a trader on Wall Street, according to a statement released by his family.
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.”