EVANS, N.Y. (WIVB) – For the first time, police are calling Gabriele Ballowe “the only suspect” in the fatal hit-and-run of 52-year-old Barry Moss.
Crime Stoppers is adding $1,000 to the $10,000 reward being offered by Moss’s family. Moss was fatally hit on Rt. 5 in the area of Gold Street in Angola on December 22 last year.
Evans Police and Crime Stoppers said Tuesday, in a press release: “…investigation shows that after the accident Ms. Ballowe associated with persons who she may have confided in, and/or who may have assisted in plans to get her vehicle repaired. We are asking for those person(s) to come forward with any information, as well as any other witnesses who have not been interviewed yet.”
“For those who know, and help her, and think they’re doing the right thing by helping somebody who would kill someone or hit someone and drive away and let them die on the side of the road, think again,” Moss’ sister, Maria Wrafter, told News 4 on Tuesday. “Think again. You’re not being a good person. You’re helping evil.”
Police have previously stated they are certain Ballowe’s vehicle was involved in the deadly hit-and-run and say Moss’s DNA was found on it. But after three weeks of reviewing evidence, a grand jury determined there was not enough evidence to prove who was behind the wheel that night.
“We really beg and ask for somebody who maybe was on the fence before, maybe who thought we had the case all worked out before, to step forward now. Because we don’t,” Wrafter said.
Police say they are hoping someone comes forward “because it is the right and moral thing to do,” not necessarily for the sake of claiming the reward.
The press release stressed, “Anyone who has information and is afraid of legal ramifications can notify Crime Stoppers, or have their attorney notify Crime Stroppers, to make arrangements to cooperate with the investigation.”
The Crime Stoppers number is 867-6161. Evans Police can be reached at 549-3600.