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Two decades later, FBI renews call for info on missing 11-year-old

NEWARK[1] — It’s been more than 25 years[2] since Mark Himebaugh left his mother’s home in Middle Township, reportedly to watch firefighters at work on a nearby marsh blaze.

The Del-Haven resident, then 11, was last seen around 4 p.m. on Nov. 25, 1991 by a security guard at Cape May County Park South[3], who reported Himebaugh was walking with a girl. The only physical trace of him searchers ever discovered was his left sneaker, found on a beach[4] along the Delaware Bay. But FBI officials in Newark aren’t giving up hope of finding out what happened to him. On Thursday they renewed calls for information about Himebaugh in recognition of National Missing Children’s Day, which then-President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed on May 25, 1983.

A federal law passed in 1932 gives the top federal law enforcement agency jurisdiction over mysterious disappearance or kidnapping of a child of “tender age,” a category the FBI said in a statement typically encompasses those age 12 or younger.

The FBI wants help finding these missing people[5]

While there are numerous open cases[6] of missing children in the state, Himebaugh’s disappearance has long vexed authorities, who have described the case as a “non-family abduction” and in 2015 released a sketch[7] of a man they described as a person of interest in his disappearance.

Sketch of a man authorities described as a “person of interest” in the case. (Middle Township Police)

Authorities said the sketch resembled Thomas Butcavage, a convicted sex offender who first became associated with the case in 1993. Butcavage, who prison records show is currently incarcerated in Pennsylvania, has never been charged in connection with Himebaugh’s disappearance. In 2015, authorities also released a recording of a 2010 phone call to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children from a man who said he was the “the son of the witness of the crime,” and indicated “Gilbert Patrick Marie” was involved in Himebaugh’s disappearance. NBC Philadelphia reported the call was placed from a pay phone[8] in Port Richmond area of Philadelphia.

Himebaugh would have celebrated his 37th birthday on Tuesday, according to the FBI.

Authorities have asked anyone with information about Himebaugh, or any missing child, to call the FBI’s Newark Division office at 973-792-3000, their local police department or 911.

Thomas Moriarty may be reached at

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  1. ^ NEWARK (www.nj.com)
  2. ^ more than 25 years (www.nj.com)
  3. ^ a security guard at Cape May County Park South (www.nj.com)
  4. ^ found on a beach (www.nj.com)
  5. ^ The FBI wants help finding these missing people (www.nj.com)
  6. ^ numerous open cases (www.missingkids.com)
  7. ^ released a sketch (www.nj.com)
  8. ^ the call was placed from a pay phone (www.nbcphiladelphia.com)
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Guards hurt, inmates shot in Pelican Bay State Prison melee

  • Guards Hurt, Inmates Shot In Pelican Bay State Prison Melee

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Pelican Bay State Prison is seen outside of Crescent City, Calif. in this 2001 file photo. On Wednesday, eight law enforcement officers were hurt and five inmates were shot and wounded when a melee broke out in the prison s general population yard.

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At least eight law enforcement officers and seven inmates were injured Wednesday morning in a riot at Pelican Bay State Prison[3] that ended when guards fired live ammunition into the crowd, state corrections officials said. All of those injured were taken to outside hospitals for treatment. Two of the prison staff members remained hospitalized with significant but non-life-threatening injuries, officials said. Five of the seven inmates were being treated for gunshot wounds, but their conditions were not immediately available Wednesday afternoon. The riot at the prison in Crescent City (Del Norte County) started with a fistfight between two inmates in the maximum-security general population yard. About 10:30 a.m., officers responding to the fight used chemical agents and batons to try to break it up. But large groups of inmates ran into the yard and quickly overwhelmed the officers, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation[4].

As the melee grew out of control, officers from three armed posts fired 19 shots into the yard. Officers also fired at least three nonlethal foam rounds to quash the brawl. Two inmate-made weapons were recovered after the fight, although it wasn t clear whether they were used in the riot, officials said. Prison officials have restricted inmate movement throughout the facility while the riot is under investigation, and 97 inmates were placed in isolation units.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sent a team to the prison to investigate the use of deadly force. The department also is sending investigators from its Office of Correctional Safety[5].

Pelican Bay State Prison, near the Oregon border, houses about 2,000 inmates and has a staff of about 1,300. The prison has two maximum-security facilities.

Erin Allday is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email:

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U.K. deploys 1000 soldiers to protect key sites

MANCHESTER, England British security forces arrested three more suspects today in connection with the Manchester concert bombing and sent hundreds of soldiers to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the bomber, identified as British-born Libyan Salman Abedi, likely did not act alone when he killed 22 people and wounded dozens at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester. She said he had been known to security forces up to a point. Many at the concert were young girls and teens enthralled by Grande s pop power. The youngest victim of the bombing named so far was just 8 years old.

Officials are examining Abedi s trips to Libya and possibly Syria as they piece together his allegiances and try to foil any new potential threats. The government said nearly 1,000 soldiers were deployed today instead of police in high-profile sites in London and other locations. Police said three men were arrested today in south Manchester, where a day earlier a 23-year-old man was also arrested and a number of homes were searched. Britain raised its threat level for terrorism to critical after an emergency government meeting late Tuesday amid concerns that the 22-year-old Abedi may have accomplices who are planning another attack.

The changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace was canceled today so police officers can be re-deployed, Britain s defense ministry said. The traditional ceremony is a major tourist attraction in London. The Palace of Westminster, which houses the British Parliament in London, was also closed today to all those without passes, and tours and events there were canceled until further notice. Armed police were also seen on patrol outside St. Paul s Cathedral in London, another popular tourist spot. The Chelsea soccer team announced it would cancel Sunday s victory parade in London that was to have celebrated the team s Premier League title win this season.

We are sure our fans will understand this decision, the team said, adding that the parade would have diverted police from the bombing investigation.

Suicide bomber Abedi was born in Britain to a Libyan family, grew up in Manchester s southern suburbs and once attended Salford University there. Police on Tuesday raided his house, using a controlled explosion to blast down the door. Neighbors recalled him as a tall, thin young man who often wore traditional Islamic dress and did not talk much. Manchester police arrested a man early today at a house just a 10-minute walk from Abedi s home.

Omar Alfa Khuri, who lives across the street, said he was awakened at 2:30 a.m. by a loud noise and saw police take away the father of the family that lives there in handcuffs. He said the man is named Adel and is in his 40s, with a wife and several children.

There was a policeman, armed policeman, shouting at my neighbor … and I realized there is something wrong here, he said. They arrested the father, and I think the rest of the family kind of disappeared. He said he immediately suspected the arrest might be linked to the bombing since somebody told me they were Libyans, or I read it somewhere. He said he knew the man from the neighborhood and the mosque but in the last 15 years, I haven t seen him in trouble at all. I haven t seen police come to his house.

Police also raided and searched a property elsewhere in Manchester where Abedi s brother Ismail is thought to have lived. British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting today of her emergency security cabinet group to talk about intelligence reports on Abedi and concerns that he might have had outside support. Officials are probing how often Abedi had traveled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

France s interior minister said Abedi is believed to have traveled to Syria and had proven links with the Islamic State group. British officials, however, have not commented on whether Abedi had links to IS or other extremist groups. Rudd said Britain s increased official threat level will remain at critical as the investigation proceeds and won t be lowered until security services are convinced there is no active plot in place. She also complained about U.S. officials leaking sensitive information about Abedi to the press. Rudd said Britain s operational security could be harmed by the leaks, taking the element of surprise away from security services and police.

I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again, she said.

In addition to those killed in the concert attack, Manchester officials raised to 119 the number of people who sought medical treatment after the attack. Sixty-four people are still hospitalized, Jon Rouse of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said today. Officials say 20 of them are being treated for critical injuries. Many of them had serious wounds that will require very long term care and support in terms of their recovery, Rouse said.

Officials said all those hospitalized had been identified.

As soldiers replaced armed police at Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and Parliament, London Police Commander Jane Connors said the goal is to make our city as hostile an environment as possible for terrorists to plan and operate.

Katz reported from London. Sylvia Hui in London, Rob Harris in Manchester and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.

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