11-28-11 New Leads mark 7th Anniversary of Man's
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
MISSING: Ahren "Benji" Benjamin
Barnard, born 1969
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
"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
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
May have a moustache and goatee.
Has a scar on his left arm
Last seen wearing jeans and a black leather jacket