Summit County: Missing man had alcohol in system |

Summit County: Missing man had alcohol in system

Ryan Slabaugh
Summit County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” A toxicology test on Michael “Alphonse” Barbiere who disappeared in February and was later found dead near the ice rink showed the New Jersey resident had alcohol but no drugs in his system when he died.

According to Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson, Barbiere did not test positive for drugs or alcohol in his blood, but his urine did show an alcohol level of .110, which “means he metabolized the alcohol over a few hours.”

The body metabolizes alcohol at .03-.05 per hour and the cold slows metabolism down, Richardson said, adding there was no way to tell whether the blood alcohol was higher or not.

According to Richardson, Barbiere died from hypothermia, and all indications were that he was disoriented in the blizzard and lay down and went to sleep. The Coroner’s office, as well as the Breckenridge Police Department, have finished their investigations.

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