A Liberian activist from California is calling on police and the public to step up search efforts for a Mounds View man who’s been missing for several weeks.
Lovetta Tugbeh, of the Coalition for Justice in Liberia, said this week that Henry T. McCabe survived 14 years of civil war in Liberia before he immigrated to the United States. Tugbeh said he’s a well-educated family man who wouldn’t purposely disappear.
McCabe, 32, was last seen Labor Day and hasn’t been in contact with his family or his employer, the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Also known as Joseph B. Tuku, he stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds, according to a Facebook page created to alert people to his disappearance. He is married and has two daughters, 10 and 2.
A Saturday search for McCabe will begin at 10 a.m. at Pov’s 65, 8407 NE. Plaza Blvd. in Spring Lake Park, Tugbeh said.
“We’re appealing to the public to please get involved,” Tugbeh said. “We need people to really engage the Police Department because right now things are moving slowly.”
Tugbeh said the Liberian-American community is frustrated with police and wants more answers. She said Californians have joined the search for McCabe. He and his wife, Kareen, were part of the Liberian-American community there before moving to Minnesota.
“This shouldn’t become another cold case,” she said.
Mounds View police, who are investigating, say they haven’t found any significant new leads. Chief Tom Kinney said Friday that he understands people are frustrated, but he said his department is actively investigating with assistance from the FBI.
“We’re doing as much as we can,” he said.
More than 25,000 people with roots in Liberia live in Minnesota, she said. The Liberian-American community is edgy because this is the second missing person case this year, she said, citing the disappearance of 10-year-old Barway Collins from Brooklyn Center in March.
The boy’s body was found in the Mississippi River and his father, Pierre Collins, admitted in August to killing him.
Anybody with information concerning McCabe’s disappearance can contact the police at 763-717-4070 or the Ramsey County dispatch line at 651-484-9155.