Search continues for missing Navarre grad

Huhman’s truck found near bridge

In a video taken Feb. 10, a mother’s despair can be heard over social media as she tells her missing son, “We are looking for you…we love you and we aren’t going to stop searching for you until you are back here safely.”  Sr. Airman Keifer Huhman, a 2012 Navarre High School graduate, stationed at Dover Air Force Base is missing and authorities need information to help find him.  According to Dover authorities, on Feb. 8 he failed to report for duty.  Authorities know he was last seen at his apartment complex, Blue Hen Apartments, between 6 and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7.  His family filed a missing persons report yesterday, Feb. 10.

A new lead developed today as the Dover Police Department, working with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit, conducted an extensive aerial search throughout Kent County for the truck that Huhman was last seen in.  During the aerial search, detectives learned that the truck was towed by the Delaware State Police from the shoulder of the William V. Roth, Jr. Bridge which spans the C&D Canal, on Sunday night at approximately 10 p.m.  Currently, the state police and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control have deployed their maritime units to search the area.  The Dover Police Department is also processing the truck for evidence.

The spokesperson for the family, Kerry Patton, says Huhman’s apartment was left in such a way that foul play cannot be ruled out.  “Keifer’s great-grandmother in Texas used the word ‘ransacked’.  I would say there was definitely some unique activity in the apartment as far as the furniture is concerned.”

At this stage, investigators are not ruling anything out until more information becomes available or more leads are developed. “While we would certainly be shocked to find out this was not foul play, we are also realists and we are considering all possibilities. His commander described him as a ‘stand out troop’ who cares deeply about the Air Force; so much so that Keifer would volunteer his time in other jobs if staffing was short,” said Patton.

The case and investigation, led by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, centers around the Dover area, although Huhman has strong ties in Navarre as well as San Antonio, Texas and the Fayetteville, North Carolina area where his sister lives.  The family still owns a house in Navarre, but his father is now stationed in Okinawa, Japan – just a short distance from where Huhman has orders to go to soon.  The two were scheduled to meet up in Navarre around Feb. 20 when Sr. Master Sgt. Huhman would be back in the area for a few days.

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, Rich Aloy says he is aware of the investigation and has been in touch with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.  At this point, he says they are not active in the investigation but that could change as leads develop.

Sr. Airman Keifer Huhman is described as a 21 year old, light-skinned Hispanic/Caucasian male who stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds.  He has brown hair and brown eyes.  He may be driving a 1997 dark blue Ford Ranger with a Florida license plate of 945PJT.  Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Dover Air Force Base Security Forces at 302-677-6664.

 

 

 

 

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