Authorities say $11,000 in reward money is now available to the individual who helps the Evans police solve the hit-and-run death of handyman Barry Moss.
In a controversial case that has gone without an arrest since Dec. 22, police are looking for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in connection with the death of Moss, 52, an Evans resident who was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle shortly after midnight on that date.
Moss was hit by the SUV on Route 5 near Gold Street shortly after leaving a friend’s home early that morning, Police Chief Ernest P. Masullo said. He said police have verified through DNA and other physical evidence that the SUV was a 2013 Ford Explorer registered to Gabrielle “Gabe” Ballowe, an Angola bar owner.
“The Ford Explorer did not stop to render assistance to Mr. Moss and left the scene. Mr. Moss did eventually succumb to his injuries and exposure to the weather,” Evans police said in a statement. “Ms. Ballowe ... is the only suspect in this case.”
Police said a $1,000 reward was offered earlier this month by the not-for-profit Crime Stoppers program, and an additional $10,000 in reward money was added this week by Moss’ family.
“Although there is a reward being offered by Crime Stoppers and Mr. Moss’ family, it is our hope that someone will come forward because it is the right and moral thing to do,” the department said. “Please contact Crime Stoppers at 867-6161 or the Town of Evans police at 549-3600.”
“We know there are people out there who know more about this case than they have told us,” said Detective Lt. Douglas Czora.
Ballowe, who has never spoken to the media or police about the incident, hired an attorney after police confiscated her vehicle two days after the hit-and-run. Her attorney, Thomas J. Eoannou, said she has chosen to exercise her legal right not to discuss the case with police.
“We hope that the reward money will bring someone forward who has been sitting on the fence in the past,” said Maria Wrafter, Moss’ sister.
Father’s Day was a “very difficult day” for Moss’ three daughters and his grandchildren, she said.
“They’re angry, and they’re upset that this has happened, and nobody has been held accountable,” Wrafter said.