Marines Band Together to Continue Search for Missing Man

At least 20 Marines who used to be stationed with Joseph McHenry, a San Bruno resident and former Marine who went missing earlier this month, have decided to come together to continue the search for their missing "brother in arms."

A group of Marines that served with , the 27-year-old San Bruno man who went missing March 5, have banded together to conduct another search for him Saturday.

At least 20 Marines—some from as far away as Camp Pendelton, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Texas—are expected to arrive in the area today in preparation for the search for McHenry, a former Marine. The search will start at 8 a.m. Saturday and last through Monday, according to a post on CNN's iReport.

"It started with a handful of Marines and now many of their brothers in Arms that were not even stationed with Joe are so moved at the show of and dedication to brotherhood that they are joining the search," the iReport post said. "They take seriously the 'Leave no Marine Behind.'"  

A San Mateo County search and rescue team made another effort on March 12 to find McHenry on beaches and cliffs in a 32-acre park in Pacifica, but they didn't find any new leads. McHenry had told family members that he was going on an overnight rock climbing and camping trip at a beach near Pacifica, but he never returned.

His car was found parked in a residential area near Sharp Park Golf Course, and a backpack believed to have been McHenry's was located on the beach near Mori Point. But no other signs of the missing man were found, according to San Bruno police.

When a group of Marines who were stationed with McHenry learned that he still had not been found, they decided to take a leave of absence to form their own grassroots effort to search for the missing Marine.

The person who submitted the post to iReport further explained the effort:

I live near Pacifica and am Active duty Coast Guard. My brother Richard Godfrey was stationed with Joe in Iraq they were both communication specialist. Joe was his mentor. My brother says "Retrieving wounded comrades from the field of fire is a Marine Corps tradition more sacred than life". The Marine's goal is to search the last known area to find McHenry regardless of his condition and if he is found in less than favorable circumstances at least he will get a proper funeral and there will be some closure for the people blessed to have him in their lives.

For more information on volunteering or how to help the Marine search team's effort to find Joseph McHenry, please call David Eleidjian at 760-580-8470.

If you have any information on McHenry’s whereabouts, call the San Bruno Police Department at 650-616-7100.

Louise Houle March 25, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Praying for him and family and safe search of Marines God Bless u all for such honorable and noble action Semper Fi!!!!!!!!
dot bolton March 26, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Husband and I went down yesterday, Saturday, and handed out water and oranges to the searchers. It was sad to listen to these guys worrying about their friend and brother, Joseph.
Terry Parks April 03, 2012 at 09:23 PM
The last post was 3/25/12, is there any more recent news? He is not listed with the National Clearinghouse For Missing Adults. His photo and id information is not included on their database; therefore, flyers of Joseph McHenry can't be downloaded. Is there any other search efforts occurring, such as missing person poster distributions? Please reply back and let me know, there's a missing person charity in San Bruno that can assist you with the search.
Christa Bigue April 04, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Terry, haven't heard any more recent news. But check in with Pacifica Patch editor Camden Swita, who's been following this story and reporting on it.
Christa Bigue April 04, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Terry, Martin Ricard, San Bruno Patch editor, is actually the lead on this story so please touch base with him for more information.


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