Reward offered in case of missing gay Knoxvillian

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The Knoxville Police Department (KPD) is offering for information leading to the location or for information leading to the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of 47-year-old Byron Barker.

KPD Chief Sterling Owens announced the reward in the investigation of the missing Knoxville hairdresser after Barker’s family members offered the reward.

The police department says in a press release, "At the request of family members, the amount of the sizeable reward is not being disclosed at this time.

Barker has been missing since first reported missing by his family members on May 19, 2005. He had not been seen or heard from for more than two weeks at that time.

Detective Steven Still, in charge of the investigation, located Barker’s 2004 Nissan Altima in at the Super8 motel in Williamsburg, Kentucky, just off I75-N. The trunk of the car contained what was later determined to be a significant amount of blood. The DNA tests on the blood indicate that it came from a child of Barker’s mother. He has only one sibling, and the blood has been determined not to belong to his brother. The evidence indicates that Barker may have been the victim of foul play.