UPDATE 9/20/16 – Police are asking for the publics help with Mark’s case after receiving new information they want to pursue. Police Chief Christopher Leusner stated, “If anyone knows of any links to Cape May County with Thomas Butcavage we want to hear from you.”
Butcavage is originally from Haverford. He now is currently in prison for child sex crimes. He was tied to the case by a tipster who went public with a claim that Butcavage had showed him child pornography featuring Himebaugh.
Police Chief Christopher Leusner, “If anyone knows of any links to Cape May County with Thomas Butcavage we want to hear from you.”
The police have announced they are asking for the public to help them decipher information they received from a tip called into the Middle Township police back in 2010.
The call came into the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children around 3:30 in the morning on Dec. 27. The man who only identified himself as the son of the witness of the crime was calling from the Sunoco gas station at Richmond and Castor Streets in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond neighborhood which is about 80 miles from where Mark Joseph Himebaugh, age 11, was last seen.
The man who only identified himself as the son of the witness of the crime gave the name of Gilbert Patrick Marie as the person who was involved in Mark’ s disappearance, but the police have not been able to identify anybody by that name, reports NBC Philadelphia.
Middle Township Detective Allan McClure is reaching out to the public in hopes someone may know the name given or possible recognize the voice on the recorded call.
Mark Joseph Himebaugh was last seen near his home in Del Haven, N. J. on Nov. 25, 1991. He was watching firefighters putting out a fire near his home on Sunray Beach Road around 2:30 that afternoon. An hour later he was seen by four teenagers and a local couple on Delaware Bay. Then around 3:45 p.m. he was seen by a guard entering Cape May County Park South with an unidentified 9 or 10-year-old girl, reports Shore News Today. There was also a possible sighting of Mark with two males, but there is only a description of the one man. Mark’s sneaker was found on Delaware Bay Beach and nothing else.
Himebaugh turned 35 last week. His mother Maureen still hopes he will be found and remains in the same house that she lived in with Mark.