OLD FORGE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Where’s Robert Baron? It’s a question his family and many people in a Lackawanna County community want answers to, five years to the day he disappeared.
The 58-year-old Baron, a well-known Old Forge businessman vanished without a trace.
His family put up the sign five years ago and just added these words “5 years no Bob, no arrests why?” The family wants justice and answers.
“A lot of anger. Very very saddened. I never would have thought it would come to this. Five years later no answers in a small town,” said Maria Baron.
That’s how Maria Baron, Robert Baron’s wife, feels about the passage of five years since her husband went missing.
He was last seen alive on the night of January 25th of 2017. He left his restaurant and dropped his son off in town and hasn’t been seen since.
Detectives say they found blood and a tooth inside the restaurant. His car was found several days later less than a mile away. Blood was also found inside the vehicle and there was mud on the tires but there was no sign of Baron.
Baron’s daughters believe they know who is responsible for their father’s disappearance and apparent murder.
“I just feel strongly that the people and I said people as in plural who are responsible who are responsible for this tragedy are very close to us in the town of Old Forge,” explained Nicole Baron.
Nicole feels confident that she and her family know who did this to her father. Baron’s family is very critical of the police investigation especially in the early days of his disappearance.
“I think there was a lack of work from day one first off. It wasn’t treated like a real case,” said Brittany Baron.
The Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office is heading up the investigation, D.A. Mark Powell sent this statement to Eyewitness News:
I understand and sympathize with the family’s frustration. The case remains open and under investigation, and we would ask anyone with information to please come forward and contact the district attorney’s office.”Mark Powell- Lackawanna County District Attorney
Brittany Baron had this message for those involved in her father’s disappearance.
“I really don’t think those people involved have a heart…even if you know something and you’re not involved covering up for those people what is it benefitting you to cover up for them,” explained Brittany.
We asked Nicole Baron, what would be the motive? Nicole said, “Money. That’s it. Someone looking for money.”
Baron’s daughters and wife say there was no indication, no hint of trouble heading his way on the day he disappeared.