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Missing Boy: Mark Joseph Himebaugh - NJ - 11/25/1991

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Mark Joseph Himebaugh

DOB:  May 23, 1980

Missing:  Nov 25, 1991

Height:  4'6" (137 cm)

Eyes:  Blue

Race:  White

Age at disappearance:  11

Sex:  Male

Weight:  85 lbs (39 kg)

Hair:  Red

Missing From:

Del Haven,New Jersey

United States 

Mark's photo is shown age-progressed to 27 years. He was last seen at about 4:00 p.m. An extensive search resulted in the discovery of the child's left shoe approximately 75 yards from his home. No other trace of the child has been found. He was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, a gray jacket, gray pants, and sneakers. He has freckles.

Contact Information:

Middle Township PD (New Jersey)

1-609-465-8700 Or Your Local FBI

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Himebaugh was last seen at approximately 4:00 PM on November 25, 1991 near his New Jersey home. Himebaugh had received permission from his mother to watch as firefights fought a small brush fire which had broken out near the family's home. His mother left to run an errand and was held up in traffic for 40 minutes; upon her arrival home, she saw that Himebaugh did not return to the residence. She assumed he was playing with several neighborhood children; the child has never been heard from again.

Investigators did learn that Himebaugh may have been seen entering a nearby park with an unidentified female child at approximately 3:40 PM; however, this report has never been confirmed.

Extensive air and ground searches by authorities uncovered his left shoe, which has located approximately 75 yards from his house. No other evidence has been discovered in this case.

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Dan Carrigan- 11/23/10 11:27 pm Last Updated - 11/24/10 11:21 am


MIDDLE TOWNSHIP -- It's been nearly two decades since a Cape May County boy's mysterious disappearance. With another anniversary this Thanksgiving, Mark Himebaugh's mother is still holding onto hope.

"Those hours turned into days, days into months and the months are now years. Thursday will be 19 years," said mother Maureen Himebaugh.

Almost two decades have passed since eleven-year-old Mark Himebaugh went missing. Tuesday night his mother Maureen showed NBC40 pictures of her son. She remembers the day he went missing like it was yesterday.

"I had an awful feeling because nobody had seen him and you just get that motherly instinct," said Himebaugh.

That's when she called the authorities on that evening back in 1991. She alerted officials that her son was missing after he did not return from playing in the neighborhood near his Del Haven home in Middle Township.

"Mark was seen at the park with a little girl who they never identified. That was the last time he was seen," said Himebaugh.

A massive search ensued, and after some time authorities found what is considered to be the only solid clue, Mark's sneaker.

"They found the sneaker a little while later, that's when I really got upset," said Himebaugh.

Even today authorities say they are still looking into the case, confident that answers are forthcoming. Maureen Himebaugh is not giving up either. "I believe in miracles," Himebaugh said.

Even 19 years later, Maureen Himebaugh is still holding onto hope, especially after the case of Jaycee Duggard from California who disappeared in 1991 at the age of eleven.

"She was found after 18 years," said Himebaugh.

With every passing day Maureen Himebaugh hopes that the next knock at the door is her missing son. She says no matter what she will always treasure the time they spent together.

"He gave me 11 of the most beautiful years of my life and nobody can take that away from me. It may not continue after 11 but he's still in my heart, that's what's still important," said Himebaugh.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 465-2800.

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Mother of child missing 20 years says all she wants is peace

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 16:27

Alex Davis

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Law enforcement officials haven’t given up in the search for Mark Himebaugh, who disappeared 20 years ago.

Neither has his mother, Maureen Himebaugh of Middle Township.

She said Mark, 11 at the time, could be alive today but also concedes that he may not be. What she wants is peace, she said.

Maureen had reported to Middle Township Police that Mark was missing Nov. 25, 1991, after he didn't return home in Del Haven, Middle Township. His shoe had been found along the Delaware Bay, she said.

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Donor offers up to $25,000 to help solve Mark Himebaugh case

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 6:50 pm | Updated: 11:44 pm, Wed Jan 11, 2012.


MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — An anonymous donor Wednesday offered up to $25,000 to help solve the 1991 disappearance of 11-year-old Mark Himebaugh.

The Middle Township boy disappeared Nov. 25, 1991, after leaving his Del Haven home to watch firefighters douse a nearby marsh fire off Bayshore Road that diverted traffic past the family’s home on Sunray Beach Boulevard.

An intensive search by hundreds of volunteers turned up the boy’s left sneaker on the Delaware Bay beach near his home.

Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner said the department is hoping the reward will spur fresh leads in the 20-year-old missing-persons case.

“The Middle Township Police Department will never give up on this case,” he said.

Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor said a local lawyer is offering the reward on behalf of his client who wishes to remain anonymous. The prosecutor would not divulge the attorney’s name.

The donor offered $10,000 for credible information about Himebaugh’s disappearance and $25,000 for his safe return to his family, Taylor said.

The reward is the largest offered since a former charitable group founded by family and friends posted a $30,000 reward in the months following the boy’s disappearance. That reward was sponsored in part by former two-time heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe. Three weeks after Himebaugh’s disappearance, the New York fighter dedicated his rematch bout with Elijah Tillery to the boy, winning by technical knockout.

The charitable group has since disbanded.

Maureen Himebaugh of Middle Township expressed her thanks Wednesday for the new reward offer.

“It brought tears to my eyes,” she said. “This world really is good. There are good people. I’m hoping this will bring closure to my son’s case.”

Himebaugh still lives in Del Haven and said she has kept the same phone number over the past 20 years in hopes that Mark might one day call home.

“We might hit that one person who knows something. We want it so bad,” she said. “He’s in all our hearts. I can still hear him and see him the way he looked that day.”

The case has been maddening for investigators as well, Leusner said.

“Over the course of the investigation, there have been highs and lows,” he said. “Times when we thought we were very close to closing this case. And times that were very frustrating.”

The 1991 disappearance is one of two active missing-persons cases in Middle Township, Leusner said. The township is also pursuing the 2011 disappearance of Samuel Schmucker, 25, who was last seen walking on Route 47 in Green Creek.

Taylor said in his seven years as prosecutor, new tips have come in from as far away as Mexico.

Tips can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800 or by text message at TIP-411. In the subject heading, type CMCSO to indicate it is for the county sheriff. An independent party called Citizen Observer will transmit the relevant information to the Sheriff’s Office without revealing the tipster’s identity, Sheriff Gary Schaffer said.

This system can be used in reverse for the Sheriff’s Office to ask follow-up questions of the anonymous tipster through Citizen Observer, Schaffer said.

The Sheriff’s Office offers cash rewards for tips that lead to arrests.

“As the saying goes, crime doesn’t pay but we do,” Schaffer said.

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Police search for man who called in tip about Mark Himebaugh disappearance


Posted: Monday, June 8, 2015 2:15 pm

By STEVEN V. CRONIN, Staff Writer


The search for a Middle Township boy who disappeared 24 years ago took investigators to a Philadelphia neighborhood last week in search of a man who claims to know what happened to the child.


Investigators were in the Port Richmond neighborhood, passing out flyers and hoping to learn more about whoever had phoned in a Dec. 27, 2010 tip identifying a man who might have been involved in the 1991 disappearance of Mark Himebaugh.


The caller, who claimed to be "the son of the witness of the crime," told authorities to search for Gilbert Patrick Marie.


Police followed up on the phone call in 2010, but decided to revisit the area where the call was placed as authorities launch a renewed effort to crack the Himebaugh case, said Middle Township Police Chief Christopher M. Leusner.


"We have not been able to locate anyone with the name of Gilbert Patrick Marie, so we are asking for the public's assistance," Leusner said Saturday. "We felt that now that we have the public's attention on the case, we would look at it again."


Last week, authorities announced the formation of a joint task force to focus on the Himebaugh disappearance.


The force includes members of the local police department as well as investigators from the FBI, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


The task force will be working on the Himebaugh case for two weeks. The new investigation grew out of a cold case review conducted in February at the NCMEC headquarters. That review included more than 30 people, including many nationally recognized experts on missing person cases.


"We had a review of the case at the national center, and this is a continuation of that," Leusner said. "There were a number of recommendations to follow up on. This is one of the things we decided to explore."


The tip, called in from a convenience store payphone in Port Richmond, was made both to the National Center's hotline and Middle Township Police, Leusner said.


In a recording of the call, the tipster provides basic background to the Himebaugh case - including identifying the boy's mother by name.


Himebaugh was 11 years old when he was last seen on Nov. 25, 1991. The boy had arrived home from school at about 2:30 p.m. that day and then gone out to investigate a brush fire in his Del Haven neighborhood. The freckle-faced redhead was last seen at 3:45 p.m. by a guard as he entered Cape May County Park South, about three-quarters of a mile from his home, in the company of an unidentified 10-year-old girl.


Himebaugh's disappearance prompted a massive search involving hundreds of volunteers and members of law enforcement. His picture is still displayed on posters in the town.

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