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Missing man believed to be found in Breckenridge

BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado ” A body found encased in snow and ice in a field appears to be a New Jersey man missing for nearly two months, police said.

Authorities resumed a search for Alphonse “Michael” Barbiere, 23, after a resident found a credit card Friday belonging to Barbiere along the side of a highway.

A search team found a body at about 9 a.m Saturday in a nearby field. Police said they believe the body is Barbiere based on matching clothing.

“We had pictures of the clothing he was wearing,” police spokeswoman Kim Green said. “And the family had provided us with an identical jacket to the one he was wearing.”

By noon, authorities exhumed the body after hours of work to remove it from the ice. Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson said she could not confirm the identity until after an autopsy scheduled for Tuesday.

Barbiere has been missing since Feb. 9 when friends reported him missing after he did not return from an evening at a bar in the resort town. At the time, police said Barbiere was “highly intoxicated” when he left Cecilia’s Bar and walked into blizzard conditions.

About 60 searchers and three dogs looked for him in a half-mile radius from the bar. Police suspended the search Feb. 11.

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