An explanation for why a Mounds View man disappeared eight days ago remained elusive Tuesday as police searched for security videos that might turn up evidence as to what happened to him.
Henry T. McCabe, who turns 32 on Wednesday, was last seen Labor Day and hasn't been in contact with his family or his employer, the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
Mounds View Police Chief Tom Kinney said "anything is possible and we're doing as much as we can" to find McCabe. Kinney said he doesn't know if foul play was involved and said he's requested phone records in hopes of finding clues as to what happened.
"He kind of dropped off the radar," Kinney said Tuesday.
McCabe's wife, Kareen, was in California preparing for the family's move there when she received a call from his cell phone early Sept. 7, said family spokesman David Singleton. She heard noises and thought he was hurt.
"It was real bizarre noises that he was making … definitely sounded out of character," said Singleton, of the nonprofit organization Minnesota Community Policing Services. Subsequent calls to the phone didn't connect, he said.
McCabe, an auditor, hasn't shown up for work for more than a week.
"By all accounts he's an outgoing person, very social, has much communication with people … he loves his job," Singleton said.
McCabe reportedly was last seen at a nightclub in Spring Lake Park, but in another account, he was last spotted at a Super America convenience store in Fridley.
"People don't vanish like that. There's got to be a reason for it," Singleton said. "We don't know if somebody's covering up for him. We don't know if he's hurt and can't communicate with anybody. At this point all considerations have to be on the table."
McCabe, also known as Joseph B. Tuku, stands 5'11" and weighs 175 pounds, according to a Facebook page created to alert people to his disappearance. He has two daughters.
"The police are trying to help, but it's getting a little desperate," said Abdullah Kiatamba, executive director of the nonprofit African Immigrant Services and a Liberian community leader. "There are no leads – absolutely nothing – and that's the scary part."
Anybody with information concerning McCabe's disappearance can contact the Mounds View Police Department at 763-717-4070 or the Ramsey County dispatch line at 651-484-9155.
(Reporter Mila Koumpilova contributed to this story.)