It’s been over a year since Henry Vidal was murdered and a suspect has yet to be named.

Vidal, 32, a popular bartender, was found dead his Wilton Manors apartment in May of 2015. Police thought they were responding to a medical call. His death was ruled a homicide on June 1 of last year. In online remembrances at the time of his death, friends and family members remember Vidal as warm, unique, sincere, kind and genuine.

When he was murdered, Vidal worked at B Bar on Wilton Drive which has since closed. Previously, he worked at Alibi. The Broward Sheriff’s Office, which handles all the city’s homicide cases, is investigating the case.

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BSO spokesperson Joy Oglesby said a person of interest has been identified but their whereabouts are unknown and they aren’t considered a suspect. Just someone who may have information. “It’s turning into a cold case very quickly,” said Wilton Manors Police Chief Paul O’Connell.

But Vidal’s mother, Caridad Labarta, remains hopeful.

“I think they’re working diligently [to find his murderer]. I’m hopeful with every lead.”

In March of 2015, Vidal called the Wilton Manors Police Department to report a domestic disturbance incident with his roommate and former partner. Vidal complained that the relationship had turned negative. Eventually, the issue was resolved when his former partner moved out.

Anyone with new information related to Vidal’s murder should contact BSO Det. Ricky Libman at 954-321-4210 or report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at 954-493-8477 or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest.


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