KARE 11 A second search is planned to find a missing Mounds View father and state auditor who disappeared on Labor Day.
Colleagues and friends will gather at the Super America gas station off of Highway 65 and 73rd Avenue in Fridley to search for Henry McCabe, 31, around 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
The effort comes as his co-workers grow more concerned with each passing day since his disappearance.
McCabe has not been seen since Monday, Sept. 7, and he has not been heard from since. He has not shown up for his job at the Minnesota Department of Revenue. His wife, Kareen McCabe, and two children were visiting family out of state at the time of his disappearance.
McCabe's union, the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, or MAPE, held its annual convention and delegate assembly at the Ramada in Bloomington where McCabe was scheduled as a morning speaker.
"This is a crisis. Henry is not the type of person to not show up to work or to not show up to his community functions, or his union functions. He's always around, always there. He's that friendly face that you would see in the crowd, someone who would make you feel at home and welcome," said Akia Carrington, a MAPE member and co-worker of McCabe's at the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
Carrington led a motion for MAPE members to collect funds for dollars for the search for McCabe, and after passing hats around the convention, the union raised more than $1,500 to help. McCabe served as a past local MAPE union president, and as a father of two, he recently became a passionate advocate for paid parental leave.
"This is not his character to go missing," said Joan Treichel, a MAPE regional director who came to know McCabe and his family on a recent membership related trip to Duluth.
"Henry was on that committee because he knows the importance of family, and he wanted to have other families in the state of Minnesota to have the opportunity to spend the time once their child was born to be able to stay home with their children and bond, and that just says a lot about his character and being a family man," said Treichel.
MAPE members who closely worked with McCabe believe he wouldn't willing leave the joys he held so close, his family and his work.
"He's an amazing person, a people person, he has one has one of those contagious smiles and you see him and have to smile yourself. He is dedicated in every aspect, not having him here is a huge void and we just have to get the word out to get him home," said Treichel.
On the State Capitol grounds Friday morning, more than 800 state workers took off for the annual Run@Work Day 5K, but this race day came with equal urgency to find McCabe.
"The Department of Revenue is really a big family, we care about all of our employees and our thoughts are of course with his family, and we appreciate everything everyone is doing to try and bring him home safely," said Cynthia Bauerly, Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner.
One of McCabe's friends reported dropping him off at a Super America convenience story on Highway 65 and 73rd Ave. in Fridley early Monday morning, after they left the Pov's on 65 club. Police are reviewing surveillance footage from that morning to see if they can learn anything.
Again, the community search effort on Saturday, September 19th at 10 a.m. will begin at that Super America at 7299 High 65 NE in Fridley.