On November 25, 1991, 11-year old Mark Himebaugh was walking along Sunray Road in Del Haven, New Jersey, on his way to watch firefighters snuff out a small brush fire approximately a quarter of a mile from his home.
He never returned home after the fire was extinguished, and he hasn’t been seen in 28 years.
Mark’s mother had allowed him to stay and observe the firefighters in action rather than accompany her while she dropped a neighbor off at a repair shop to pick up their car. When his mother returned from running her errand, Mark was nowhere to be seen. She reported him missing around 5:00 pm.
According to local police, he was last seen walking by the playground in the County Park by a park guard around 4:00 pm that same afternoon.
Later that day, investigators did discover Mark’s shoe at Sunray Beach, about 75 yards from his home. It appears his footprints were also seen above the tide line. Unfortunately, no other clues were uncovered.
There were reports that Mark was seen with an unidentified little girl around 9 or 10 years old. She had dirty-blonde hair, stood around four feet tall, and weighed close to 75 pounds. Local authorities believed she could have information about Mark’s whereabouts, but her identity remains a mystery.
Other witnesses said that Mark was seen with two older males the same day he went missing. One of the men was described as between the ages of 30 and 35 years old, about 5’8″, and weighing 150 pounds.
A man named Thomas Butcavage Jr. was a person of interest at one time and closely resembled the sketch and description of one of the men seen with Mark.
Approximately two years later, a male prostitute told police that Butcavage had shown him a video of himself having sex with a boy that looked a lot like Mark.
Butcavage admitted that the boy was Mark and that he had intentionally left the boy’s shoe at the beach in an attempt to mislead the police. However, when approached about the disappearance of Mark, he denied any involvement.
If you have any helpful information, please contact the Middle Township Police Department at (609)-465-8700 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.