Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, December 03, 2009

12-03-09 Ongoing Missing Person Investigation

12-03-09 Ongoing Missing Person Investigation

    Boise, Dec. 3, 2009 - On this 5th Anniversary of Ahren Barnard's disappearance, Boise Police are hopeful the case will someday be solved. For the sake of Mr. Barnard's family, officers hope answers will come sooner rather than later.

    Missing: Ahren "Benji" Benjamin Barnard, born 1969
    Last Seen: Dec. 4, 2004 at a fast food restaurant at Cole & Overland in Boise.

    Although, Boise Police can't, at this time, point to foul play involved in Mr. Barnard's disappearance, detectives believe he is endangered. Mr. Bernard's family firmly believes he would try to contact loved ones if he were able.

    Beginning at midnight tonight Lamar Advertising will post billboards that include a photo of Ahren Barnard, a phone citizens can call with info, and a web site set up by Mr. Barnard's family. Lamar has donated the billboard space in a generous, added effort to help find Mr. Barnard.

    "Our goal is to continue to follow this case until we can provide some answers for the Barnard family and this community on where he went and what happened on that day five years ago." said Sgt. Mark Barnett of the Boise Police Criminal Investigations Division. "Mr. Barnard's family has been courageous and helpful, but is still understandably heartbroken and struggling with his disappearance."

    Ahren Barnard's mother, Vicki has been a huge help to detectives as she's done all she can to try and keep public attention on the case, hoping someone with key information will finally come forward.

    Boise Police Detectives continue to actively follow leads in the case, however, none of those leads have turned up any evidence of the missing man's whereabouts.

    Boise Police, in cooperation with Mr. Bernard's family, are asking citizens if they have any information that might help in locating him to please call CrimeStoppers at 343-COPS, log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.

    Ahren is described as:

Dark hair frosted blond on top
5'10", 180 lbs
Brown eyes
May have a moustache and goatee.
Has a scar on his left arm
Last seen wearing jeans and a black leather jacket

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