11-year-old Mark Himbo disappeared from Cape May County 30 years ago – CBS Philly

DEL HAVEN, NJ (CBS) – A local family is still waiting for answers about what happened to an 11-year-old boy from Del Haven. Three decades ago on Thursday, Mark Himbaugh disappeared.

Late evening, November 25, 1991. The search for Mark Heimbaugh was only a few hours away.

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The Del Haven, Cape May County, the 11-year-old has not been seen or heard of since.

Yet another holiday passes by.

Thirty years ago, investigators were trying to uncover Mark’s whereabouts. CBS3’s Joe Holden spoke with Mark’s mother, Maureen Haimbo, around the time of his birthday.

“It was taken but I don’t know why. There are a lot of theories but I don’t know why. That’s why I hope someone will come forward with it,” she said.

That night, Mark was watching the commotion surrounding the blazing brush fire near his house. The detour brought a line of traffic through the neighborhood that was otherwise off the beaten path.

Early on, a shoe located along Delaware Bay – a stone’s throw from the Himepo residence – was thought to be Mark’s shoe. But Maureen thought it strange and said he had been placed there to distract investigators.

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“I think it’s 30 years later and we’re still asking some basic questions like was this Mark sneaker really at the beach? How can we not know an answer to this thing so simple 30 years later?” said Ana Garcia, presenter of True Crime Daily The Podcast.

Garcia was a reporter for South Jersey when Mark disappeared. She was reporting on the scene that night.

“I don’t think people just disappear, especially 11-year-old boys. I just can’t believe something so simple happened here. I think something terrible happened, I think something terrible happened to Mark. I think he was kidnapped and at that time everyone thought it was him.” Just a little boy lost, and that’s how he was dealt with in the initial investigation. “Precious hours and days were lost in this investigation,” Garcia said.

Garcia recently used her forensic and investigative contacts to re-examine bits of degraded DNA in an effort to find out what happened to Mark.

In all the years since that cold night near Delaware Bay, there have been those who have never forgotten Mark.

However, unfortunately, Maureen feels that she may never see Mark again.

“I know he may be gone because of time,” she said, “but you can’t give up.”

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If you have information about Mark Himbaugh’s disappearance, contact the Cape May County Prosecutor at 609-465-1135.

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