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NJ MARK HIMEBAUGH: Missing from Del Haven, NJ - 25 Nov 1991 - Age 11

Discussion in 'Missing 1990 to 1999' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Mark, 11, was last seen near his home in Del Haven, New Jersey around 4:00 pm on May 23, 1980. He had been watching firefighters extinguish a brush fire about a quarter mile away. He never returned home and has not been seen since. His left shoe was found about 75 yards from his family's home later that day, but this was the only thing ever found.
    In 1993, Thomas Butcavage Jr. was named a person of interest. He admitted to having pornographic videos of himself with Mark, as well as planting Mark's shoe to confuse the investigation.

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    NCMEC Poster - http://www.missingkids.com/missingk...aseLang=en_US&searchLang=en_US&caseNum=762514
    NamUs - https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/1892/0/
    Charley Project - http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/h/himebaugh_mark.html

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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Sex Offender Is 'Person of Interest' in Missing Boy Mark Himebaugh's 1991 Disappearance

    Middle Township, New Jersey, police have released a sketch of a "person of interest" in the disappearance of Mark Himebaugh, who was just 11 when he vanished in 1991.

    The sketch appears to resemble Thomas Butcavage Jr., who has been on cops' radar since 1993 in connection with a particular case. "He was a person of interest and continues to be one," Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner told NJ.com.


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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Cops Hope Releasing Tip Call Could Help Find Mark Himebaugh, Who Went Missing in 1991

    Police are looking for the man who phoned in a tip about Mark Himebaugh, a New Jersey boy who went missing in 1991 – and hasn't been seen since.

    Authorities are just now releasing a recording of the 2010 call to the public in an attempt to identify the anonymous caller, who simply refers to himself as "the son of the witness" to the then 11-year-old's disappearance, according to NBC Philadelphia.


    In the call, the man identified the name of a potential suspect: Gilbert Patrick Marie.

    But nothing ever came of the mysterious call, so police are making it available to the public with the hopes of gleaning new information about the 24-year-old disappearance.

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Former Prostitute Says He Saw Person of Interest Sexually Assault Missing NJ Boy

    WARNING: The details of this story are graphic and may be disturbing to some readers

    As officials continue the search for a New Jersey resident who disappeared 24 years ago, a former prostitute is speaking out for the first time about a disturbing video he claims a person of interest in the case showed him.

    Coll told NBC10 he was with Butcavage the night of Feb. 14, 1993 inside his Haverford Township apartment. That’s when he said Butcavage showed him a graphic video that left him traumatized to this day.

    “I said, ‘that looks like the little boy from South Jersey,’” Coll said. “Tommy told me it was him. He confessed to me and said it was him. I said, ‘What did you do with him?’ He said, ‘Well, I did like I did the rest of them. I dispose them.’ ‘What do you mean the rest of them?’ He said, ‘Well, I got five or six other kids I did.’”

  5. Takeitfromme

    Takeitfromme Professional Journalist/News Reporter

    glad to see this case progressing!!!
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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Another serial killer? I wonder if I can compile s list of missing boys from around there? The main problem with that would be time.
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  7. Takeitfromme

    Takeitfromme Professional Journalist/News Reporter

    His former friend has been open and honest at least. So if he is saying the scumbag told him there had been others, he probably did tell him that..... IMO
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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    I searched on NamUs. Mark is the only boy age 5-15 missing in New Jersey between 1980-2000. I added Delaware & Connecticut and found 0.

    Only one in Maryland but it caught my attention...only 2.5 hours away from Del Haven... George Burdynski, also age 11, missing in 1993 (http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/780262/1).

    One of interest in Pennsylvania... William Majewski, 8, also missing in 1991. (http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/761273/1).
    Gabriel Minarcin and his friend Jon Dabowski, 10 & 11, disappeared in 1982. Butcavage would have only been 17, but who knows.

    Also found this article from 1998... Butcavage was 33 at the time. So he would have been about 26 in 1991. Also, he apparently lived in Pennsylvania at the time.

    Cochranville Man Held In Sexual Assaults Of Boys The Youths Were Between Ages 9 And 12 At The Time. The Police Investigation Is Continuing.

    Thomas E. Butcavage Jr. treated two young boys to the stuff of 9-year-olds' dreams, police say: trips to movies and amusement parks, money, new clothes.

    But over the course of several months for one boy, and more than two years for the other, he also betrayed their friendships, repeatedly sexually assaulting them, police said.

    He is charged with 159 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and three counts each of sexual abuse of children, indecent assault, and corruption of minors.

  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Himebaugh arrived home from school about 2:30 p.m. Shortly after, his mother returned home from a trip to the supermarket.

    There was a large marsh fire burning near their home and the curious lad was captivated by it, climbing his father’s amateur radio tower to get a better look.

    Maureen Himebaugh left home to take a friend to a Villas garage. Mark went to see the firefighters extinguish the marsh fire. He was seen twice at about 3:30 p.m. near Delaware Avenue and again at 3:45 p.m. entering Cape May County Park South with an unidentified girl, believed to be about 10 years old. The two appeared to be heading to the playground.

    Mark’s mother returned at 4:15 p.m., having been delayed by traffic caused by the fire. Mark wasn’t home.

    That last sighting, at 3:45 p.m. entering the gate of the park, provided the location for a mobile command center, which served as the focal point of the renewed investigation in June.

    The cold case review gave reason to believe that a potential to solve the case existed with addition of the new resources.

    Investigators and analysts re-interviewed individuals and conducted new interviews. The hope was that the location of the command post would make it more accessible to residents and others who may have seen something that day.

    Anyone with information is asked to visit the command post or call its hot line at (800) 843-5678.

    Many Prior Attempts

    Over the years his image has been on milk cartons, it was also on the television series “America’s Most Wanted.” His cause was taken up by heavyweight boxer Riddick Bowe, who dedicated a bout to Mark’s return.

    A police composite of a dark-haired man seen talking to Mark was circulated, and age-enhanced artist renderings of what Mark might look like now have been developed. Efforts have produced avenues of inquiry but no additional trace since that last sighting.

    One thing remains clear, Middle Township Police have never given up on finding Himebaugh.

    It is a case Leusner said, “We haven’t been able to get across the finish line.”

    County Prosecutor Robert Taylor and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Frankel both committed resources to the joint effort.

    Neither has Maureen Himebaugh given up hope to find her son. Living in the same house with the same phone number, she wants to be sure Mark can find his way home. To this day she carries a troll doll she found that he was going to give her. Its impish face continued to smile over almost a quarter century, keeping alive the hope that mother and son will be reunited.

  11. TripleA

    TripleA Zoo Keeper

    There are a few faces that really make me feel differently when I see them and Mark's sweet face is one of them. There is something about him that is so familiar to me, maybe reminding me of a childhood friend. Whatever it is, it cause me to pause every time.
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  12. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    He looks remarkably like young Prince Harry.
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  13. TripleA

    TripleA Zoo Keeper

    He does! Such a handsome little man.
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  14. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Omg, this is horrific..
    not the least because of that pedo with 159 charges.. may he rot in prison!

    Here's a detail of Mark's case I found really curious:


    "Mark was subsequently sighted in the neighborhood by several area residents,and at 3:45pm a ranger who was acquainted with Mark saw him entering a nearby park with a blonde girlwearing a blue parka—Mark’s companion, who appeared ten or eleven years old in 1991,has never been identified.

    The nameless little girl and flame-haired boystrolled through the entrance of Cape May County Park South and into the waiting arms of oblivion."

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  15. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Also, re "Gilbert Patrick Marie" - it could be Maurie, Mowrey, Maree, something like that. I hear the vowel sound as more like an "aw" than "a".
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  16. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    NamUs MP # 1892
    Mark Himebaugh
    Cape May County, New Jersey
    11 year old white male

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 1892

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Mark
    Middle name
    Last name Himebaugh
    NCMEC number 762514
    Date last seen November 25, 1991 15:15
    Date entered 04/17/2009
    Age last seen 11 to 11 years old
    Age now 36 years old
    Race White
    Sex Male
    Height (inches) 54.0
    Weight (pounds) 85.0

    City Del Haven
    State New Jersey
    Zip code 08251
    County Cape May
    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.

    Hair color Red/Auburn

    Left eye color Blue
    Right eye color Blue

    Scars and marks
    Mark has freckles on his face. Mark has a birthmark on his torso.

    Skeletal information
    Just prior to Mark's disappearance, he had a fratured left heel. At the time of his disappearance, his foot was no longer in a cast.

    Mark was last seen wearing a blue U.S.N. sweatshirt, gray "Docker" style pants, and a gray jacket with four velcro outer pockets, with (Red/Blue/gray)plaid lining.
    Mark was last seen wearing white sneakers.

    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is available and entered

    Investigating Agency
    Title Detective 1st Class
    First name Allan
    Last name McClure
    Phone 609-465-8700
    Case number 1991-17695
    Date reported November 25, 1991
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Middle Township Police Department
    Address 1
    Address 2
    City Cape May
    State New Jersey
    Zip code 08210
    Reference Case# 2010-02000

    Title Detective
    First name George
    Last name Meyer
    Phone 6094651135
    Case number
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction County
    Agency Cape May County Prosecutor's Office
    Address 1 4 Moore Road
    Address 2
    City Cape May
    State New Jersey
    Zip code 08210

    Title Detective
    First name Ken
    Last name Martin
    Phone 609-465-8700
    Case number 2010-02000
    Date reported November 25, 1991
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Middle Township Police Department
    Address 1 31 Mechanic Street
    Address 2
    City Cape May Court House
    State New Jersey
    Zip code 08210
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    Witness Tells Police He Saw Person of Interest Sexually Assault Missing NJ Boy | NBC 10 Philadelphia

    Philadelphia police became interested in Butcavage after a male prostitute who knew him well tipped them that he could have abducted Mark. According to this man, he’d seen a pornographic video.

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