Real Name: Edward Maurice Barbara
Aliases: Ed Barbara
Wanted For: Fraud
Missing Since: 1988
Details: Edward Maurice Barbara entered this world in the 1930's. He obtained an Eighth grade education back in Brooklyn where his father died at a young age leaving his mom a single mom raising him. Ed moved to California and started working as a television repairman. By age 26, he was a millionaire with his furniture stores located in Long Beach, California known as Edwards Furniture. In 1986, he purchased a gold mine in New Mexico. He sold stocks to various individuals and businesses. The gold mine did exist and other ores were mined. Ed Barbara became an influent man in Las Cruces, New Mexico. At one point, Ed allegedly disappeared with his investor's money and started a furniture business in Canada. From there, Ed again allegedly took customer money and came back to the U.S. and was caught in Lebanon, Oregon. From there, he was extradited back to New Mexico. Because of his influence in New Mexico, the authorities let Mr. Barbara out on his own recognizance thus allowing him to go on the run again. Ed subsequently landed in Florida selling credit cards, but by this time was very ill. Mr. Barbara died in January of 1990 with cancer. Suffice it to say, he left six strong and determined children who have learned the lesson of balance in their lives.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the December 13, 1989 episode.
Results: Solved. Police later found that Barbara had succumbed to cancer and died while on the run.