A mystery that has endured for almost a quarter-century will receive fresh attention this week as authorities renew efforts to solve the 1991 disappearance of a Middle Township boy.
The Cape May County Prosecutors Office, Middle Township Police Department and representatives of the FBI will announce Monday a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Project Alert Program to assist with the investigation into the disappearance of Mark Himebaugh.
Himebaugh vanished Nov. 25, 1991, when he went to watch firefighters put out a nearby marsh fire. The fire forced police to divert traffic through Himebaugh’s Del Haven neighborhood.
Cold cases linger in the memories of investigators, families
Pictures on the side of the refrigerator sit beside souvenir magnets from places such as Cape May and the Outer Banks, but these are not ordinary family photos.
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.
Analysts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will be working with the Middle Township Police Department for the next several weeks. The new investigation grew out of a cold case review conducted in February at the headquarters of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
That review included more than 30 people, including many nationally recognized experts on missing person cases.