Community joins together looking for Henry McCabe
The search for Henry McCabe continued unabated on Saturday, Oct. 3, almost four weeks after he went missing on September 7. Many volunteers, including family members, spent hours knocking on doors and distributing flyers in hope of finding McCabe, 32. Yet, he remains nowhere to be found.
The East Coast Stars, the team McCabe usually plays soccer with, joined the search for him at the Creek View Park on September 26. “We are committed. We need proper communication systems, we need funds… and we need protection as well,” said Stanley Greene, East Coast Stars president.
On September 26, about 50 people showed up to search around the Povlitzki’s club, commonly known as POV on Highway 65, where McCabe was last seen. David Singleton, chief executive officer of Minnesota Community Policing Services, a nonprofit searching for McCabe, said the search will now continue around Silver Lake Road and Mississippi Street, as new information indicated his last phone location was around that area.
“We have in our possession the last ping where [he made a phone call],” said Singleton. “Therefore, a new search command area is not going to be on 73rd and Central Ave. And is not going to be here,” at POV, as was previous planned, “but it is going to be on Silver Lake Road and Mississippi [Street] in the city in New Brighton, right at the corner of Creek View Park. That is where we are going to focus on our area of concern, until further notice.”
Singleton added, “We are disappointed that someone who calls himself an acquaintance or friend of McCabe lied to authorities that he dropped him at the SuperAmerica.” The new search location in New Brighton was the last location where McCabe’s cell phone reportedly called and sent a voicemail to family members. Mounds View police have been in the area before, but found nothing.
On September 26, search volunteers gathered at about 1:03 pm to take a second look at the spot where a black pair of gloves was seen during an earlier search around the New Brighton Neighborhood Park. William Kennedy, the last person who saw McCabe before he went missing, said he dropped him off at the SuperAmerica gas station on Highway 65 and 73rd in Fridley. Kennedy has gone with investigators and showed them where he parked and dropped off McCabe.
According to officials, Kennedy’s story does add up, although Kennedy later said perhaps he had forgotten which gas station, or that it may have been a different SuperAmerica. Of various gas stations video footages reviewed by authorities, none captured Kennedy’s vehicle within the area. However, official say this does not mean that he wasn’t in the area. It may have been due to faulty cameras or technical problems.
Though Kennedy is not a person of interest at the moment, investigators are reviewing his narration of events that night leading to McCabe’s disappearance. According to a police report, McCabe was at POV that night with another friend besides Kennedy.
Kennedy’s friend Kesselly Jallah had planned to hold a press conference and invite reporters, but he later said that Kennedy’s relatives had decided not to give media interviews, since the police were not saying much on the case. “We’ll make sure we work with you in the most perfect way possible, and we’ll always be there [to search for McCabe],” said Kennedy, who could not be reached for an interview or comment after the search.
“Our efforts are going to help answer the question that everybody has: Where is Henry McCabe?” said Singleton. “This is not what we call a complicated case, but it is an unusual case.”
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