BSO Tightlipped On Henry Vidal’s Murder Investigation  

Henry Vidal. SFGN file photo

Still not a clue. It's been almost five years since Henry Vidal, a popular bartender on “The Drive,” was found dead in his Wilton Manors apartment.

Police continue to be tightlipped over the investigation.   

"I have kept in contact. So far, no news," Vidal's mother, Caridad "Cary" Labarta, 64, of Pembroke Pines, told SFGN last week. "To be honest, I don't think they are doing much. I sent the detective an email on January 10 and he hasn't responded.”


SFGN also reached out to Det. Mike Roque as well as Broward Sheriff's Office Senior Public Information Officer Keyla Concepcion. Neither has responded to SFGN's request for information.

Last year, SFGN reported that police told Labarta that Vidal died of a spleen injury and that he simply could have fallen. 

According to Labarta police also told her a second person's DNA was discovered inside the apartment, but no match could be found in any database.

There has been silence ever since.

Vidal was 32 when his body was discovered by a co-worker in May 2015. His death was ruled a homicide after the medical examiner released details of the autopsy to authorities. Vidal was employed at the now closed B Bar on Wilton Drive. Prior to that, Vidal bartended at the Alibi.

SFGN also reached out to Vidal friend Evan Linette, of Fort Lauderdale. Linette said he has not heard from police in the past year.

"The community has supported me through this difficult time, and I thank them," Labarta repeated to SFGN. "I'm still hoping to have closure."


Check out these stories about Henry Vidal from SFGN @

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Still No Suspect in Vidal Murder

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