Cleveland Case Gives Family Of Mark Himebaugh, Missing Since 1991, Hope
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by Syma Chowdhry
MIDDLE Twp., N.J., (CBS) – Maureen Himebaugh says she thinks about her son Mark every day.
“The part for me that’s hard is not knowing if Mark is still out there, what he’s been through, or if he’s not out there what may have happened,” she says.
Mark went missing in November of 1991, when he was 11-years-old.
Mark, who would turn 33 in a couple of weeks, was last seen in front of their Del Haven house.
“I’m in the same house for 36 years,” says Maureen, his mother. “My phone number is the same, so if he were to come home, he would come home to the same thing.”
Cape May County Crimestoppers is offering a $25,000 reward for Mark’s safe return.
“You have to pray, you have to hope and believe it can happen,” Maureen says.
She also says that when watching the news about the three missing Ohio girls who were found this week, it makes her believe in miracles.
“Things like this happening give me and other parents of missing children more of a chance that we could get closure,” she explains.
Joe Nick was a K-9 officer trying to find Mark Himebaugh.
“That’s a dear case to my heart because it’s never been solved,” says Nick. “I can tell you like it was yesterday, there were hundreds of people looking for that little boy.”
Nick retired in 2011, started the organization “Others Before Ourselves” and trains rescue dogs to find missing kids.
Nick says parents have the right to know what happened to their children.
“Whether it’s in a casket or whether it’s with a hug, at least you bring closure. That’s the only two closures there are within hope,” he explains.
Like in the Ohio case, Both Maureen Himebaugh and Joe Nicholas say it’s important for the public to keep their eyes and ears open – and speak up.
Anyone with information regarding Mark Himebaugh is asked to contact Middle Township Police at 609-465-8700.