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More College Students Missing Without a Trace – Nicholas Garza & Michael Barbiere

Posted by KindraLore on February 23, 2008

Update 4/7/08 11:06AM

A body has been found matching the description of  Michael Barbiere. There is no sign of foul play and an autopsy has been scheduled for either Monday or Tuesday. Read complete article here.

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Update 3/28/08 4:20PM

As the snow on the Middlebury campus grounds melts, the mystery of where Nick Garza is deepens.

Once again, on Thursday a large scale ground search was conducted for the 19 year old college student, or at least clues to his whereabouts. Still, after missing for a month authorities still have no clue where the young man disappeared to.

Read complete article here.

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UPDATE 3/14/08 4:48PM

I received an email this morning from a family member of Michael Barbiere about some of the details that have been misconstrued in the media or are just plain false

The following are facts that need to be cleared up in the case of Mike and his disappearance:

  1. Although Mike was drinking the night he went missing, he did NOT have 20 drinks, and in fact was seen in numerous pictures taken and from onward he was drinking WATER.
  2. Mike was wearing an arctic snow-mobile type jacket and hat when he left the bar so he was dressed appropriately for the weather.

There was also mention that within the past few weeks another man (29 year old) has gone missing in Breckenridge as well as a young woman being drugged and raped

I will look into those instances later this eve and possibly update on that. However, I did want to make these facts known, as I know its very important for the families of the missing to have the most accurate information out as possible.
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Update 2/28/08 3:41PM

Update on Michael Barbiere. Nick’s mother went to Colorado looking for clues and information on what happened to her son. Police suspended the search for Barbiere after finding no evidence of his whereabouts. During the search, 58 searchers and three dogs found no clues as to where he went.

There is currently a $10,000 reward for the missing man. More here.

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Update 2/27/08 10:38PM

An update on this case for Nick Garza. Texas EquuSearch will be aiding in the search for Nicholas Garza and going to Vermont. According to a family member, their arrival has been hampered by the weather. I will update when there is more information available.

There is also a $20,000 reward for information leading to Nick’s whereabouts. Please go to NicholasGarza.org for more information.

See video below regarding Nick Garza’s disappearance.

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Original Blog

Is it just me or does anyone else start to see a pattern here? Is it far-fetched or just coincidence that young college age men are disappearing never to be found again?

As I blogged in the Brian Shaffer case and again with Kyle Fleischmann and Justin Gaines. Again with Joshua Szostak, all of these guys are young college students, missing after leaving a party or a bar. Matthew Wilson is another one that vanished recently and the only one that was not reported leaving a bar, party or social event. Where are they going?

Nick Garza

On February 5th Nicholas Garza was last seen around 11:30PM after a social gathering at Middlebury College in Vermont. He was last seen leaving Allen Hall where his dorm room was not wearing a winter coat, his coat later to be found in his room. Reports state he only spent a half and hour at the nearby dorm and was not drinking alcohol. Cell phone records indicate that Nick called a friend shortly after leaving the social gathering but that the friend did not pick up. His cell phone has not been used since.With lots of snow and temperatures dipping into the single digits, it was doubtful he would have been out in the elements for long without a winter jacket. His possessions such as his laptop and ipod remained in his dorm room.

According to reports, Natalie Garza of Albuquerque, N.M., and Nicholas’ mother had not heard from him since February 5th. With the college’s winter break into full swing, being from January 31st to February 10th, Nicholas was not reported missing until a full five days later as it was thought that Nicholas may of left campus for break. Natalie Garza notified campus security Sunday, February 10th when she had not heard from her son in a full week.

Nick was described by family and friends as a good student, highly motivated, a non-partier, a kid who spoke with his mother nearly every day, and a college freshman with a lot of friends.

“He is a socially well-adapted, level-headed child who has a lot to give to this world and really wanted to come here to learn,” his mother, Natalie Garza, said on Wednesday.

Nothing about Nick Garza’s character suggests he would ever run away or hitch a ride with a stranger. No history of mental illness or drug and alcohol problems. No reason to disappear.

“We have found nothing on the background we’ve done on him through family or other students or former acquaintances that anyone had any issues at all. He seemed to be a fairly normal student,” said Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley.

Search crews combed the 350-acre campus but found no sign of Nick Garza.

Police have continued to search snow piles in a number of areas on the campus, looking for Garza or any evidence that might lead to his recovery, Middlebury Police Officer Vegar Boe said.

“Because of all the snow that’s been plowed, those piles are being carefully taken apart,” he said Sunday.

On February 19th over 200 students, faculty and members of the community held a vigil for the freshman college student. Attendees wrote message to the Garza family and lit candles in front of the Mead Chapel.

There have been no leads as to where the 19-year-old has gone.

Michael Barbiere

Alphonse “Michael” Barbiere, 23, has been missing since early Friday, February 8th when friends said he left a bar in blizzard conditions around 1:30AM after having at least 20 drinks at a martini bar in Breckenridge, Colo . Barbiere, who is from New Jersey, was vacationing with friends.

Although more than 2000 miles apart, like Nick Garza, Mike Barbiere left late at night in the snowy conditions without a winter coat. Since Mike’s disappearance many have come forward from the bar he was last seen. None are considered suspects.

Search and rescue teams from as far away as Fort Collins looked all over the Breckenridge area have searched for the 23-year-old man, but found no signs of Michael Barbiere. According to reports I have read, police have written Mike off as being drunk and succumbing to the elements.

Barbiere’s older brother, Bob, said his family is offering $10,000 to anyone with information on his whereabouts.

There have been no signs or leads as to where any of these young men have gone.

Also, while I’m comparing the cases, is it me or do these four guys (Kyle Fleischmann, Justin Gaines, Michael Barbiere and Brian Shaffer) not bare a striking resemblance to each other?

Missing Men

*2/25/08 11:23PM

Normally I put updates at the top of my blogs, but I feel it flows better with this story here. One thing that just dawned on me is this: Justin Gaines was last seen at Wild Bill’s in Duluth, GA on Thursday night, November 1st. (Technically Friday morning at 2:00AM). Kyle Fleischmann disappeared from Buckhead Saloon in Charlotte, NC in the early morning hours of Friday morning at 2:15AM (was at the club also on a Thursday night) on 11/9/07.

Michael Barbiere went missing EARLY Friday morning around 1:30AM. Justin Gaines went missing EARLY Friday (or for those of us that haven’t gone to bed still Thursday, Kyle – same thing. All of them on Thursday night/early Friday morning. All of them the first week of the month.

Brian Shaffer disappeared Friday night (or early Saturday morning – last seen at 1:15AM) on 3/31/06 OR 4/01/06 if you want to get technical (as far as it being the early morning). Also the first week of the month.

In other words, 3 of these guys went missing on the first Thursday night, all technically Friday morning of the month between 1:30 and 2:15AM. One of them was on a Friday night technically Saturday morning (still the first week of the month) at 1:15AM.


Links and Articles:
Two Missing Men Are Likely Buried in Snow
College holds vigil for student
8 Women Come Forward; Still No Clues To Missing Man

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Texas EquuSearch to Assist in Search for Justin Gaines

Posted by KindraLore on November 16, 2007

Tim Miller

Tim Miller (pictured), Director of Texas EquuSearch knows first hand about searching for missing loved ones, as his daughter Laura Miller, was abducted and murdered in North Galveston County in 1984.

Texas EquuSearch has been involved in the search for many people such as Natalee Holloway, Colton Clark and most recently Ben Stanford, the grandson of Alabama State Sen. Jim Preuitt who was found yesterday deceased in the woods in Villa Rica, GA.

Today Texas EquuSearch is searching for 18 year old Justin Gaines who was last seen on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at a club called Wild Bill’s in Duluth, Georgia and has not been seen or heard from since.

Anyone who has information on Justin’s whereabouts or if anyone has seen Justin is asked to call the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5300.[Article]
[See Previous Blog – The Disappearance of Justin Gaines and Kyle Fleischmann – Possibly Connected?

Other Forums discussing this case:

Scan Gwinnett Forums – Justin Gaines
Steve Huff True Crime Blog
Court TV Boards – Justin Gaines Thread

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The Disappearance of Justin Gaines and Kyle Fleischmann – Possibly Connected?

Posted by KindraLore on November 15, 2007

Update 12/28/07

As pointed out to me in the blog Analyzing the Surveillance Video of Kyle Fleishmann, the man in this video in this video I thought was Kyle IS NOT Kyle. In other words, where I state that a blonde girl is touching his waist, etc.. that is not Kyle. Kyle can be seen in the video on for a brief moment, wearing a black shirt and walking past the blonde girl. To see the video of Kyle highlighted, go here and chose VIDEO: Surveillance Video Shows Missing Man Leaving Bar on the right hand side.

I do apologize for this confusing mistake as I try to make everything as accurate as possible here, but the article in which I obtained the information, was not clear or either I am dense. Again I do apologize.

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Update 12/10/07 11:18AM

At a vigil for his son Sunday, Dick Fleishmann conceded that his son Kyle Fleishmann has more than likely been the victim of foul play and is deceased.

CMPD’s Missing Persons detectives have released a video of Kyle at the Buckhead Saloon the night of his disappearance. It shows Kyle standing at the doorway as if he is waiting on someone. A man approaches Kyle and they exchange words. A blonde girl then engages in conversation with him and they make their way to the door. They seem to know each other or at least have some previous encounter as she touches him around the waist at one point.Kyle’s father is hoping someone will come forward. “I can’t believe that there’s someone on that tape that doesn’t know something or at least help us better than we are today,” said Fleischmann.In the meantime, a surveillance video of Justin Gaines‘ last moments at Wild Bill’s has also been released.

Surveillance video from Wild Bill’s shows Gaines arrive and greet a couple of friends, then walk out of frame. A security guard told investigators he saw Gaines leave a few hours later.

Links and Articles

Video Of Missing Gwinnett Teen Surfaces
CMPD releases Fleischmann tape
Man’s father believes son may be dead

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Update 11/26/07 8:14PM

Today reports surface that Justin Gaines has an arrest warrant out for him for forgery (fake ID) and open container for an arrest on June 21st. What this has to do with Justin’s case if anything I am not sure. According to his stepfather, they were minor infractions and not enough to warrant Justin to disappear on his own.

Click here for Article
Click here for the News Video

As far as an update on Kyle Fleischmann – The reward has increased to $25,000. His family are organizing a vigil for this week.

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Update 11/24/07 7:41PM

Members of the Georgia State Defense Force searched for missing 18 year old Justin Gaines today. The soldiers are part of an unpaid, volunteer force, and they have the training and experience needed to cover a lot of ground. No reports as of yet of what they have found if anything.

The family is frustrated at this point due to the fact that they state that some of Justin’s friends have been less than cooperative regarding Justin’s disappearance. I’m still confused as to what this means since I thought Justin was alone at the time of his disappearance. From what I have read, a couple friend of his drove him to Wild Bill’s but for some reason had to return home and Justin stayed. They told him that they would not be able to come back for him.

Another confusing aspect of the case is on Wild Bill’s website it states:

Last seen walking toward a car that he called his ride with 2 men standing by the car.

Reports also say he was seen in the parking lot of Barnacles with these same 2 men.

IF YOU AS MUCH AS SPOKE to him that night please contact Gwinnett Police.

However, I have not seen this information in any news article, nor on the site for Justin.

As for the search for Kyle Fleischmann, there have been no new developments as well. Last week hundreds of volunteers searched for Kyle in uptown Charlotte. Police previously took items from his home for search dogs to follow his scent with. However, as Thanksgiving has come and gone there are no new answers to either family in the disappearance of their sons.

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Original Blog

I have been thinking about this and connecting these two in my mind. These are my thoughts and mine alone, but I cannot somehow wonder if the disappearances of Justin Gaines and Kyle Fleishchmann are not possibly connected.

Justin Gaines was last seen at Wild Bill’s in Duluth, GA on Thursday night, November 1st. Kyle Fleischmann disappeared from Buckhead Saloon in Charlotte, NC in the early morning hours of Friday morning (was at the club also on a Thursday night) on 11/9/7.
As you see from the map, these two bars are approximately a 3 ½ hour drive.

Kyle Fleischmann is a 6’0″, 24-year-old male with brown hair. He has a muscular build and weighs approx. 180lbs.

Justin is described as being 5″11′ and 210 lbs with a muscular build. He has blue eyes and brown hair with a short buzz cut.

Looking at their pictures, they look very similar.

Justin is 18, Kyle 24. Both men reportedly stepped outside the bars they were in and made phone calls. Neither has been seen since.

Could there be a possible connection?

If you have information about Justin Gaines is asked to call the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5300.

If you have information about the whereabouts of Kyle Fleischmann is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.

LINKS REGARDING THESE CASES:

Online Crusade to Find Missing N.C. Man
Help Find Kyle.com
Student Missing After Going To Gwinnett Club

Other Forums discussing this case:

Scan Gwinnett Forums – Justin Gaines
Steve Huff True Crime Blog
Court TV Boards – Justin Gaines Thread

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