Car owner not cooperating in Evans hit and run

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A 2013 Ford Explorer, owned by Gabriele Ballowe, is the vehicle Evans Police are certain hit 52 year old Barry Moss ending his life. But that doesn’t mean they’re making an arrest. “I would say that the owner is not cooperating or didn’t cooperate or maybe had no intentions of cooperating, so we still haven’t gotten any cooperation from the owner,” said Lt. Douglas Czora with the Town of Evans Police.

Multiple sources confirm with News Four that Ballowe is a “person of interest” in the case. The victim’s family says they were also told she’s being looked at. “The police need someone to come forward and we really don’t understand why anyone would defend or not come forward when they know a person would leave someone for dead,” said the victim’s sister, Maria Wrafter.

Ballowe’s husband owns the South Shore Beach Club in Evans and she works there. We stopped at the bar and tried calling Ballowe, but with no luck. She’s hired attorney Tom Eoannou who sent us this statement: “I acknowledge that I have been retained to represent Ms. Ballowe and once again would request that the public not jump to any conclusions concerning this matter.”

It’s been over a month since Moss was killed on Route 5. His body wasn’t found for about six hours.

Evans Police know who the vehicle belongs to, now they just need to be able to prove who was driving when Moss was killed so they can hold someone accountable. “Our confidence with the police is definitely there. It’s very difficult to be patient. It’s making my family almost insane. It’s very unsettling,” said Wrafter.

Evans Police say it’s up to the District Attorney to file charges and they don’t expect that to happen before they get all the evidence back from the lab. Anyone with information is asked to call Town of Evans Police at 549-3600.

A vigil for Barry Moss will take place Saturday, February 1st at 6:30 p.m. Family and friends plan to gather at Evans Town Park on Lakeshore Road.

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