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xx Zachary Bernhardt - Sept. 11, 2000 - FL
« Thread started on: Mar 9th, 2005, 05:54am »

Nickname: Zach
Date Missing: 9/11/00
Missing from: Clearwater, FL
Date of Birth: 12/18/91
Age: 8 years
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Height: 4' 6"
Weight: 60 lbs.
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Blonde
If you have information concerning this abduction, please contact:
The Clearwater Police Department - (727) 562-4422, or
The Polly Klaas® Foundation (800) 587-4357
Other: Zachary has a scar under his chin, a scar between his eyes on the bridge of his nose and a scar on the right side of his top lip.

Last Seen Wearing: Unknown color of boxer shorts.

Circumstances: Zachary was last known to be sleeping in his bed on the night of September 10, 2000. At approximately 4 a.m. on September 11, 2000, he was discovered missing and is missing under suspicious circumstances.

Zachary's picture is shown age progressed to 10 years by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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xx Missing Clearwater boy's case like Jessica's
« Reply #1 on: Mar 9th, 2005, 05:54am »

By:Ned Roberts

It's been two weeks since Jessica Lunsford’s father discovered his daughter was missing from her room. The family is holding out hope the nine-year-old girl will be found safe, despite days of searching that turned up nothing.

The case is a lot like that of Zachary Bernhardt who disappeared on September 11, 2000. Like Jessica, the eight-year-old Clearwater boy was home at bedtime, but gone by morning. As with Jessica's disappearance there was an all-out search, still Zachary remains missing.

Denise Simpkins / Zachary Bernhardt's Aunt:
"It's gonna get tough for them now."

Zachary’s aunt Denise Simpkins has a unique insight into what Jessica's family is likely feeling.

Denise Simpkins:
"Reality that it could be a few more weeks, or it could be a month. It could be a couple years. Hopefully it won't be. Hopefully it won't be, but reality is starting to set in."

To deal with her reality, Simpkins began working at Child Protection Education of America in Brandon. There, she helps keep other families from experiencing a similar tragedy. Meantime Zachary’s mother has moved from the area, remarried, and recently had another child. All the while the family and detectives continue to pursue leads.

Denise Simpkins:
"It never goes away."

Simpkins says one difficulty Jessica's family faces is that as time passes law enforcement and the media can't devote as much time to the case. Long term, she says the most difficult thing to deal with is a lack of closure. At this point she would rather know her nephew has passed on, than continue wondering if he is suffering.

At right is an age progression picture of what Zachary would have looked like a few years ago. If you have any information about his disappearance you are asked to call the Clearwater Police Department.

Also at right is a picture of Jessica Lunsford. Call the Citrus County Sheriff's Office with any information about her
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xx For Zach on 12-18-05
« Reply #2 on: Dec 18th, 2005, 8:44pm »

Happy Birthday to Zachary. Hope you are found soon.
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xx Residents go missing without a trace - FL
« Reply #3 on: Feb 16th, 2007, 09:55am »

By LESTER R. DAILEY


CLEARWATER – The recent discovery of two kidnapped boys, one of whom had been missing for four years, in a Missouri apartment has renewed interest in cold cases of missing persons nationwide.

But six people who have disappeared from Clearwater since the 1970s have been on the minds of law enforcement officers all along.

“We periodically get leads on these people and they’re assigned (to an investigator) and followed up,” Detective Sgt. John Scacca of the Clearwater Police Department said in a Jan. 12 telephone interview. “It’s an ongoing process and we keep hoping that one of these leads will prove to be fruitful.”

Thirty-year-old Mark Allen Thompson was wearing khaki shorts and a blue-striped white shirt when he left the Pro Shop Pub, a popular gay hangout on Cleveland Street, shortly after midnight on Halloween 2001. Five days later, his 1998 Ford Ranger pickup was found in Tampa, bearing no signs of foul play. But Thompson, who has bipolar disorder, didn’t have his medication with him.

It has been speculated that Thompson might have encountered Scott Schweickert and Steven Lorenzo, two Tampa men who allegedly frequented some of the same gay bars he did, although there is no proof of that. Schweickert and Thompson were later accused by police of drugging and torturing gay men they had picked up. Lorenzo was sentenced to 200 years in prison, and Schweickert is currently on trial.

Thompson is a 5-foot 10-inch, 180-pound white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He would now be 35 years old.

Zachary M. Bernhardt was only 8 years old when he disappeared from the Savannah Trace apartment on Drew Street he shared with his mother, Leah Hackett, about 4 a.m. on September 11, 2000. Hackett told police that she left the door unlocked while she went for a 15-minute predawn walk, and her son was gone when she returned.

Sixty local, state and federal law enforcement officers searched nearby Cliff Stephens Park and Alligator Creek, but no trace of him was ever found. Sgt. Scacca said that a credible tip recently placed Bernhardt in the Pacific Northwest, but investigators located the boy in question and determined that he was not Bernhardt.

Bernhardt is a white male with blonde hair, hazel eyes and scars on his nose, chin and lower lip. At the time of his disappearance, he was 4-foot 8-inches tall and weighed 60 pounds. Today, he would be 15 years old.

John C. Podniestrzanski was 32 years old when he went missing in March 1995. The police say he has a history of dealing in stolen auto parts and was better known by his street name, Johnny Pod.

“(F)amily members feel that his criminal activity may have contributed to his disappearance,” according to the Clearwater Police Web site. An anonymous donor is offering a $5,000 reward for information about his disappearance.

The New Jersey native, who lived with a series of friends and girlfriends, was facing trial on a charge of dealing in stolen property when he disappeared, so it is possible that he fled to avoid prosecution, but authorities doubt it.

“It’s not just a missing person case,” Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent Lee Strope told local newspapers at the time Podniestrzanski disappeared. “It’s very possible that he’s a victim of foul play.”

Podniestrzanski is a white male who would be 44 years old today. Anybody with information about him, Bernhardt or Thompson should call the Clearwater Police hotline at 562-4080.

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