Film re­news in­ter­est in miss­ing child case

Film doc­u­men­tary re­news in­ter­est in miss­ing child case

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Farence afarence@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @afarence on Twit­ter To con­tact Daily Lo­cal News staff writer Adam Farence, email afarence@dailylocal.com, or call 610-235-2647.

WEST CH­ESTER >> Two lo­cal film­mak­ers pre­sented a doc­u­men­tary about an 11-year-old boy, who went miss­ing in 1991 after he re­port­edly left to ob­serve a brush fire, to the Cape May Film Fes­ti­val on Nov. 12.

Rip Sal­ing and Ed Clay­poole, both of West Ch­ester, set out in 2014 to make a short doc­u­men­tary about Mark Hime­buagh, the 11-year-old who left his Del Haven, New Jer­sey, home and never re­turned. In do­ing so, they hoped to raise aware­ness about the con­tin­u­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and aware­ness to sim­i­lar cases.

They knew of the in­ci­dent from their fam­ily con­nec­tions. Their un­cle, Joe Nickel, is Mau­reen Hime­baugh’s long­time part­ner. Mau­reen Hime­baugh is Mark Hime­baugh’s mother.

“We thought it was a story that needed to be told,” said Sal­ing. “It’s been a long process, but hope­fully it might give some an­swers.”

The film, ti­tled “The One Per­cent,” is about 15 min­utes long and in­cludes in­ter­views from Mark’s mother and mem­bers of law en­force­ment in­volved in the case. The film gets its name from the statis­tic that 1 per­cent of chil­dren re­ported miss­ing by their care­giver are never found.

When the film de­buted on Satur­day, Sal­ing said “there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.”

Mark went miss­ing on Nov. 25, 1991, and would be 36 years old to­day. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Cen­ter for Miss­ing and Ex­ploited Chil­dren, he went miss­ing at about 4 p.m. His left shoe was found about 75 yards from his home.

Sal­ing said the film helped re­new in­ter­est in the cold case, and that both he and Clay­poole are fol­low­ing up with me­dia out­lets to get the doc­u­men­tary aired. Both he and Clay­poole worked on the film. Sal­ing con­ducted in­ter­views while Clay­poole served as videog­ra­pher. Both worked on draft­ing in­ter­view ques­tions.

“It’s very emo­tional,” Sal­ing said, speak­ing of the na­ture of the ques­tions Mark’s fam­ily and in­ves­ti­ga­tors were asked.

He said after the doc­u­men­tary aired, Mau­reen and some of the other in­ter­vie­wees spoke. “They’re all very happy we pro­duced this,” Sal­ing said.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — STE­FANIE CLAY­POOLE

Ed Clay­poole (left) and Rip Sal­ing (right) worked for about two years to pro­duce “The One Per­cent,” a doc­u­men­tary that they hope will re­vi­tal­ize in­ter­est in a cold case of an 11-year-old boy who went miss­ing in Novem­ber 1991.

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