WARREN, NJ - Family and friends held a remembrance ceremony for Margaret Haddican-McEnroe at Our Lady of the Mount Church on Wednesday, 12 years since she vanished without a trace from her home in Warren.
Haddican-McEnroe was reported missing by her husband Tim McEnroe on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, two days after he last saw her at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
On the anniversary of Haddican-McEnroe's disappearance, family and friends gather in the prayer garden on the grounds of Our Lady of the Mount. A red votive lamp is kept lit and a statue of an angel was erected as a remembrance at the base of a tree in the prayer garden.
Balloons were released, many with messages written on them, following a brief ceremony, including a reading of the Prayer of the Missing.
Loving God, the hope and protector of all humankind; bless those whose loved ones are missing. The agony of not knowing whether someone is living or dead is a daily torture. The uncertainty of life’s future relationships hangs in limbo. Hope rides a roller coaster. Yet each day must be lived. Give unto your people the blessing of your grace that they may face each day with courage and hope. Guard their families from further danger and harm and hold them in the blessing of your love.
Vienna Cobb Anderson
Eileen Haddican noted that the balloons fly in the same direction every year and, just maybe, Margaret is sending them a message of where to look.
Margaret’s sister Christine Bastardi said she had a feeling that this was going to be the year, the thirteenth year, that Margaret would be found. 13 has meaning. Their father Patrick Haddican died on September 13, 2013.
On Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, Tim McEnroe left the home at 1:30 p.m., and returned two hours later to find his wife missing and their infant child, six months old at the time, home alone, according to published reports. The reports indicated that McEnroe said cash was missing, but that his wife’s cell phone, broken during an argument the night before, and car were not.
Initial reports indicated that there was no evidence of damage to the home.
Teams of FBI Agents, assisted by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the Warren Township Police Department, the New Jersey State Police Aviation and Missing Persons Units and the Bergen County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit have canvassed the neighborhood where Haddigan-McEnroe lived with her husband and young children.
Subsequent investigations of the area around the home, found no new clues, including a search of the Dock Watch Hollow Road area just off Washington Valley Road. Dock Watch Hollow Road connects Washington Valley Road with Mount Horeb Road, and just off Washington Valley Road is an unused, fenced-in quarry.
Haddican-McEnroe is described as 5-feet-2 inches tall, 110 pounds, brown eyes, brown hair and of a light complexion, with a tribal tattoo on her stomach, a firefighter’s helmet tattoo on her left thigh and multiple tattoos on her back, according to a police description released at the time of her disappearance. She was a volunteer firefighter with the Mount Bethel Fire Company and previously with the Washington Valley Fire Company, both in Warren Township. In 1999, she assisted in the evacuation efforts in Bound Brook during Tropical Storm Floyd.
She is an Army veteran who trained at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. and may have identification with her birth name, “Sherwood Halley.” According to her husband, she was last seen wearing a gray sweat shirt with “ARMY” written across the front in black letters, white plaid pajamas, white socks, and white Nike shoes. She also has a silver chain with military dog tags and a white gold wedding ring with three diamonds, and may also have a black military-style jacket and a black duffle bag with additional clothing, police said at the time.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Squad at 908- 231-7100, the FBI at 973- 792-3000 or the Warren Township Police Department at 908- 753-1000. All calls are confidential.
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