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Union County Prosecutor Continues 20 Year Search for Then Missing Toddler


Investigators are continuing to pursue answers and ask for information from the public regarding the disappearance of a 2-year-old in Elizabeth that took place 20 years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced Monday.

Kevin Sabir Barthrop was last seen near his home on the 100 block of Chilton Street in Elizabeth on Saturday, June 12, 1999, shortly after he turned 2.

As part of the continuing investigation, a New Jersey State Police sketch artist has produced an image depicting what Barthrop would look like today, with aging factored in.

The image has been shared by local, county, and federal authorities online and in the neighborhood where Barthrop was last seen during the previous two weeks.

Individuals believed to have information about his fate are known to be living in Essex and Union counties, and in North Carolina.

The Prosecutor’s Office thanks the agencies and organizations that have assisted and/or continue to assist this investigation, including the FBI, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, National Crime Information Center (NCIC), Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCCP), New Jersey State Police, University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Elizabeth Police Department, and the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Police Department.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Kevin Sabir Barthrop is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Michael Manochio at 908-966-2287 or Sgt. Janet Lopez at 908-347-8491.

The Union County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to Barthrop being found OR an arrest and indictment being made in connection with this matter; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at