N.J. Family Turns To Billboard To Find Son Missing 7 Years

Police: Timothy Carney Likely Not The Victim Of Foul Play

BUTLER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — He’s gone, but not forgotten.

A mother and father are so desperate to find their missing son they hope a billboard will help them crack the case, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery.

Motorists on Route 23 in Butler may notice the billboard and its plea for help — to locate the missing Timothy Carney. His parents, Ed and Phyllis, still worry every day.

“Is he warm? Is he well? Is he under a bridge, somewhere in a box? Is he healthy? Does he not know who he is?” Phyllis Carney said.

Timothy Carney was 25 when he suddenly vanished in September of 2004. He lived in an apartment complex in Butler, and was in a church group his mother called “cultish.”

“They tried to get him away from his family, like, we’re your family now,” Phyllis Carney said.

A North Carolina non-profit that helps families of missing adults paid for the billboard, as it has done in the past.

Carney worked for the New Jersey Department of Labor. He had access to Social Security numbers. Police believe he could have changed his identity.

There was a bank photo of his getting $1,000 cash from an ATM four days after he was last seen.

“There is nothing to this case that indicates foul play. It is my belief, he, for whatever reason, didn’t want to come home,” Butler Police Det. Colleen Pascale said.

His mother said he didn’t like his job. His car was found abandoned at a Newark construction site.

“I think he was under a lot of stress. He wanted to get out from under stress and so he took off.  Whether he had a plan or not, I don’t know,” Phyllis Carney said.

So, for the family, the mystery continues and the worry never stops.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for anyone who has information that will help police find Timothy Carney.

Have you seen Timothy Carney? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • tami

    So many things can cause a chemical imbalance in people; noone really knows exactly what”thing” trauma,Stress ect, My prayers will be with this family

  • Pamela Williams

    You i would have reemed that church a new on, how dare that church insinuate his parents who have called the police and put up billboards for there son say they have kidnapped there own son, they wouldn’t have bothered to even ask for help from them if they had taken him, they wouldn’t be asking for help at all, sounds to me that church isn’t a church at all but a cult that the FBI needs to investigate, i believe that pastor is hiding something and isn’t telling the truth but will tell the others anything to take himself out of the limelight, a man who goes off his own pattern is in danger, something bad has happened to him… my prayers are with his family!

  • Motherof2

    Just saw the story on the ID channel about Tim, very sad… :(

  • Jeff Dunsavage

    I have a missing family member and work with many families of missing persons. I also live in NJ. If anyone reading this knows the Carney family, please encourage them to contact me through The Missing Americans Project. Perhaps there is something we could do together — or at the very least provide some degree of understanding and moral support.

  • jD

    Why don’t they check the newly used social security numbers around the time he was working there.

  • Judge Rheingold

    Very sad :(

    The parents must be going thru hell. Hopefully Timothy is okay and will one day resurface.

  • Leroy

    Whay is this news? What about the minorities that are missing?

    • missourigirl

      It’s news because this family found some help. Maybe others can too. Don’t begrudge anyone trying to find a missing family member…

    • Jeff Dunsavage

      Missing persons stories don’t get nearly the depth of coverage they should — whether or not they involve whites or minorities. I agree that the press that is received depends a lot on demographics, but the best thing we can do is to pay attention and try to identify ways to help the families.

  • Ellen

    I feel so sorry for the parents, but if the guy doesn’t want to be found there’s nothing no one can do.

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