Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, November 28, 2011

New Leads mark 7th Anniversary of Man's Disappearance

11-28-11 New Leads mark 7th Anniversary of Man's Disappearance

    Boise, Nov. 28, 2011 - Boise Police say new information has led to new leads in the case of a Boise man who mysteriously disappeared seven years ago this week. 

    "The more information we gather, the more we believe foul play is involved here," said Sgt. Mark Barnett of the Boise Police Violent Crimes Unit, a team of detectives that includes the investigation of missing persons cases.

    "Information received through an anonymous letter recently appears to be relevant to the case and gave detectives new leads to follow," said Sgt. Barnett. "That letter seems to validate what we've thought all along, that there are individuals who have information on this case who have not yet come forward."

    MISSING: Ahren "Benji" Benjamin Barnard, born 1969
    LAST SEEN: Dec. 4, 2004 at the McDonald's restaurant at S. Cole & W. Overland Roads in Boise.

    Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for anyone who has information that leads officers to solving this case.

    Detectives say the new information has helped to keep this case active. 

    "We're very hopeful that sooner rather than later someone will help us break this case and we'll be able to provide answers on what happened to Ahren, answers for this community and for Ahren's family." said Sgt. Barnett. 

    Meanwhile, Ahren Barnard's family marks another anniversary, still desperate for closure.

    "One misconception is that time helps you heal. In reality, it's just the opposite," said Ahren's mother Vicki Barnard, now living in Portland. "It only gets harder to cling to hope, hope that someday we'll know what happened and where Ahren is." 

    "The police can't do it alone, they need someone to come forward," said Mrs. Barnard.

    "We have reached out to citizens numerous times on this case," said Sgt. Barnett. "We know that someone is hearing us, and we want to keep the message alive that we are keeping Ahren's case alive. We continue to believe Ahren is not responsible for his own disappearance, meaning someone else is. The hunt for information will not stop until we learn what happened to Ahren."

    Anyone with information that may lead to Aaron Bernard is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.

    Outdoor Billboards: Lamar Advertising is again donating space on several digital billboards in Boise and around the Treasure Valley that include a photo of Ahren Barnard, the Crime Stoppers phone number 343-COPS and a web site set up by Mr. Barnard's family. 

    Barnard 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