Today marks the 13th anniversary of the day Ahren “Benji” Barnard went missing.
Now the Boise Police Department, along with Barnard’s family, is asking for any information that might help locate him.
Barnard, who was last seen Dec. 4, 2004, at the McDonald’s at Cole and Overland in Boise, is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, with brown eyes and dark hair. Police say he also has a scar on his left arm.
As previously released, Boise Police say they don’t have suspects or evidence of foul play, but detectives do believe Barnard was endangered when he went missing. Barnard's family believes he would try to contact loved ones if he were able, according to a news release.
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After he went missing, Lamar Advertising posted digital billboards in Boise and Nampa that included a photo of Barnard and address of a website set up by his family. In 2011, Boise Police said they were following new leads provided by an anonymous letter, but police did not disclose the contents of that letter.
According previous Idaho Statesman reporting, Barnard, then 35, disappeared that Sunday night after he dropped off his son with his mother. He was going to pick up his son the next morning to continue their weekend visitation. His last phone call was at 7:15 p.m. when he talked with his roommate.
He has not been seen since.
His cars were left in the driveway of his home on Sunderland Drive in Boise. His cellphone, driver’s license and passport were all left behind, according to previous reports.
“As another year passes, our goal continues to be finding answers for the Barnard family and this community," said Sgt. Justin Kendall of the Boise Police Criminal Investigations Division. “Boise Police Detectives continue to actively follow leads in the case, however, none of those leads have turned up any evidence on his whereabouts.”
If residents have information that might help locate Barnard, they should call Crime Stoppers: 208-343-COPS (2677), go to www.343COPS.com or leave a tip using the “P3 Tips” app for your mobile device.