FL FL - Zachary Michael-Cole Bernhardt, 8, Clearwater, 11 Sept 2000

Discussion in '2000's Missing' started by emma l, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. freespirit1

    freespirit1 New Member

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    I've been a lurker on here for a year or so but saw this story was on the I.D. channel this past weekend and came on here to see whether there were any updates posted. I feel for what happened to Zachary and like others have stated something does not add up with the mom. I also ran across an older article with more info. The article is listed here for anyone interested. http://www.sptimes.com/News/092800/news_pf/TampaBay/Police__Boy_s_mother_.shtml
     
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  2. Thewop356

    Thewop356 Active Member

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    Just finished the disappeared episode for Zack. What a cute kid. I am wondering when the last verified sighting of Zack by anyone other than his mother was. Not saying she was involved for sure cause anything could have happened, especially after the kidnapping in the same apartment complex a year or so later. If you look at it from a perspective of not believing the timeline his mother gave, something tragic could have happened to him hours before his mother claimed to go swimming and her car being seen either leaving or returning could have been her opportunity to get rid of the body and then the swim and shower to get rid of dirt/evidence. Does anyone know if the police had any solid evidence of her car being seen anywhere or a solid timeline when it was seen?
     
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    If it doesn’t make sense its not the truth
     
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    JerseyGirl Forum Coordinator Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    mtnlites President of the Imaginary Friends' Club

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    Unfortunately, I think only one person knows what truly happens and unless that someone finally caves in and talks, I don't think they'll ever solve this crime. I do believe he's deceased, but I'm not sure that it was intentional. It's possible that his death was accidental.
     
  6. thecatmeows

    thecatmeows Well-Known Member

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    Something is so off about the mom. I don't like to point fingers at family members, but the whole "I don't know why I was swimming" response baffles me, also going swimming at 4 a.m. and leaving the door open IN her clothes (who does that?!). My whole thought process during that was "gee, I wish my apartment complex had the pool open then!" Ours is only open 10-10 in the summer, but that's probably irrelevant. There's probably a reason our complex has a gate around it, too. The theory on an earlier page of her finding him in the pool and covering it up sent a shiver down my spine.

    I think something else happened that night that she's not telling. When she was showing detectives around the apartment after she moved out, she was very adamant and defensive about being in her chat room because she had nothing else to do. I'd be curious to see if they ever tried to verify she was actually in a chat room - the chat would have had logs at the time of who visited it during the time frame she claimed she was in it.
     
  7. Daphne1972

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    It seems the polaroid of the unknown boy is made inside. Maybe a dirt ground shed.
     
  8. Sleuthster

    Sleuthster Well-Known Member

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    Bumped for Zachary
     
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    Lucy's mom Active Member

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    Thank you for bumping. I just saw his story on Facebook and read the article. This is extremely heartbreaking and unfortunately, it does not sound like he'll ever be found. Shame on the one person who was supposed to love and protect him. Pardon me while I hug and kiss my grandsons. I'm so sad.
     
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    SeesSeas FLORIDIAN

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    He's been missing since 2000, making him the longest-running Amber Alert in the state
    He's been missing since 2000, making him the longest-running Amber Alert in the state
    Zachary Bernhardt was just 8 years old when he vanished. Now, he'd be 28.
    February 13, 2020
    CLEARWATER, Fla. — It’s almost been 20 years since Zachary Bernhardt disappeared and his family started fighting for his safe return. [...]

    MEPIC :: Alert Results
    Florida Missing Person Flyer

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    His photo has been age progressed to 23 years old.
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  11. YaYa_521

    YaYa_521 Every Body's Name Matters

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    A rather lengthy article describing Zachary and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance. I copied over a section that includes interesting details on Zachary's neighbor, Kevin Jalbert, who is a POI.

    https://crimeola.com/zachary-bernhardt-missing-childs-mother-center-speculation/

    May 23, 2018

    Zachary Bernhardt was a child when he went missing without a trace in 2000. Almost two decades later, his unsolved disappearance continues to hold national attention.

    About a year ago, Zachary Bernhardt’s cold case was re-explored in the Investigation Discovery show, Disappeared. Bernhardt went missing in 2000, never to be found again. The ID show sheds new light on his case, including his mother’s possible role in his disappearance. Here’s an update in Zachary Bernhardt’s case in 2018.
    • Who Is Zachary Bernhardt?
    • The Disappearance of Zachary Bernhardt
    • Suspicions on the Mother
    • Another Person of Interest
    Investigators found a lead in Zachary Bernhardt’s disappearance when the boy’s neighbor, Kevin Jalbert, became a person of interest. Jalbert allegedly bragged to an acquaintance that he was a child murderer, and was on the prowl for his next victim in 2001.

    After detectives heard about Jalbert’s comments, they began following his movements. Police set a meeting between Jalbert and an undercover officer. Jalbert reportedly tried to solicit the officer for assistance in a child abduction, rape, and murder.

    A search of his home revealed stashes of child pornography on his computer. Detectives even found bleach in his car, which he claimed to use to wipe out DNA evidence of his victims.

    Though Jalbert looked like a credible suspect in Zachary’s disappearance, police didn’t find any evidence to support it. He claimed to have kidnapped a boy from the same apartment complex where Zachary lived with his mother. But he pointed at the wrong home, and gave an inaccurate description of Zachary’s clothes.

    His sister said that Jalbert is a chronic liar who exaggerates to receive attention. He claimed that he abducted and raped 1,000 children, and killed five. However, Jalbert denied abducting Zachary Bernhardt. He failed a polygraph test doing so, which didn’t rule him out as a suspect.

    Now 59 years old, Jalbert is a registered sex offender in Florida. Though there’s no physical evidence connecting him to Bernhardt’s disappearance, he was arrested in connection to his meeting with the undercover officer. He is currently serving a 40-year sentence behind bars.

    • Leads Running Out
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  12. lawyer_sleuth

    lawyer_sleuth Well-Known Member

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    came here after watching the Disappeared episode. it hinted a bit at mom's allegedly wild lifestyle, use of alcohol, and financial troubles, but seemed to actively avoid interviews with family members who believe she is responsible/some of the more sordid allegations. here is an older article with more info about mom's background: Police: Boy's mother knows more. curious that much of this information was left out of the episode.
     
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    I watched Dissapeared on Hulu about Zachary. People do weird things, so I cannot entirely say the mom is guilty.
    However, moving away and not staying to find her son does raise red flags. I wondered were the garbage dumpsters looked into, in and near the apartment. Who were the witnesses that saw her coming and going in her car in the early morning hours and were they checked out as well.
     
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    Search continues 20 years after 8-year-old Clearwater boy's disappearance
    Search continues 20 years after 8-year-old Clearwater boy's disappearance I commented on their fb story with a link to this thread and the Disappeared episode info. The news story does not really do justice for him. There is so much info missing, like she didn't get get away for a while she said she went swimming with her clothes on and then walked right by the bed where he was sleeping and didn't notice that he wasn't there until after she showered. Along with a witness saying she drove somewhere.
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Sept 14 2020
    Missing Children's Day: Clearwater PD Shed Light on Decades Old Cold Case
    ''CLEARWATER, Fla. — It's Florida Missing Children's Day, and Clearwater Police are using the remembrance to shed light on a cold case that dates back 20 years.

    What You Need To Know
    • 8-year-old Zachary Bernhardt was reported missing from his home on Sept. 11, 2000

      • Police say his mom went for an early morning walk and returned to find her son missing

      • Clearwater Police are using Florida Missing Children's Day to shed light on the cold case''
      ''On Friday, Police met Zachary's family at the Drew Street apartment complex to raise awareness of the cold case with hopes that the attention will lead to new evidence or someone that may come forward with information.

      "Just to keep his face out there. Their photograph is what brings them home," said Zachary's Aunt Billie-Jo Jimenez. "I want people to realize that, you know, in Walmart and when you go into the post office and these fliers are there, look at these kids, you know what I'm saying? His picture is what's going to bring him home."

      460,000 kids are reported missing every year in the United States.

      If you have information about any lost or exploited children, contact your local police or visit the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children.''
     
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    chaddylex Verified Insider

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