UPDATED: Evan Jones Returns, Richard Heydorn Still Missing

Evan Jones, 19, returns to Manchester; the whereabouts of Richard B. Heydorn, 56, are still unknown

UPDATE: Just before 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, the Manchester Township Police Department confirmed that (Richard) Evan Jones is back home, safe and sound.

"On December 22, 2012, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Manchester Township Police received information that Evan Jones, the 19 year-old Manchester resident who had been missing since Thursday, had returned to his residence," said Lt. Vincent Manco.

At that time, Manchester Police responded to his residence and confirmed his safe return.

"The Manchester Township Police Division would like to thank all agencies that assisted in the search for Mr. Jones," said Manco.


The Manchester Police Department is looking for assistance in locating two people who went missing this week.

Police are looking for (Richard) Evan Jones, 19, from the Holly Oaks section of Manchester, who went missing on Wednesday, police said.

A 56-year-old patient of the Fresh Start Group Home, located in the Whiting section of Manchester, was also reported missing or endangered on Dec. 18, police said.

Richard B. Heydorn was last seen at approximately 5 p.m. and is believed to have walked away from the group home, police said. He is described as a white male, approximately 5 foot 9 inches, 181 pounds, blue eyes, blonde hair, light complexion and was last seen wearing a black jacket, khaki pants, black shoes with a neon orange reflective trim and a black backpack.

Heydorn may demonstrate violent tendencies, if encountered, so anyone coming in contact with him should use caution and contact local authorities immediately, police said. 

A sketch has been provided, since recent photographs were unavailable.

Jones, meanwhile, last had contact with his family on Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. when he texted his mother and said he was going to the mall, believed to be Ocean County Mall.

Jones was not seen or heard from until 4 a.m when, prior to him being listed as missing, he was contacted by Manchester Police in the parking lot of Cranberries Bar and Grill in Whiting on Dec. 20.

Jones told police he was on his way back from school and he needed to pull over and sleep. Finding his story credible, officers allowed him to go on his way. He was last seen going east on Route 70 towards his home.

Jones is described as a black male, approximately 6 foot 1, 180 pounds, black hair, brown eyes and facial hair.

He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants and a North Face wool cap. He was operating a 2000 Honda Accord with NJ registration: ZWD58F.

If you have any information regarding these people or their whereabouts, please contact Manchester Police at 732-657-6111.

Alice Hector December 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM
What is a group home that houses someone with violent tendencies doing in Whiting among so many elderly citizens? I am astounded to read this and now I have to be afraid to even go outside in the early morning hours to pick up my newspaper in the driveway!
Richard J. Thomas December 22, 2012 at 01:21 PM
NIMBY eh ?
Irina December 22, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Yeah Richard NOT IN MY BACK YARD either. We'll relocate them next door to you.
Salesational December 22, 2012 at 05:05 PM
What does the third picture have to do with this article?
Barbara Celina December 22, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Thank you. I also could not see how the 3rd picture is related to the story on top of possibly being somewhat offensive to some readers.
Nick Malfitano December 22, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Thank you for the notice on that third photo. It was NOT posted by anyone at Patch and we are currently looking into how those images were being uploaded.
Lucie47 December 22, 2012 at 05:55 PM
What are so many elderly citizens doing, driving on the roads, among so many younger drivers whose faculties are not compromised by aging? I am astounded that they pose such a danger on the roads and are not re-tested for driving abilities. I have to be afraid to drive on the roads with my children when I so much as back out of my driveway. How's that sound, Alice?
CM December 22, 2012 at 06:57 PM
There are serious issues if a group home can not provide photos of their current residents. Manchester should investigate.
Jerry Belle December 22, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I am astounded to read that there is no policy to photograph an individual upon processing at the group home upon entry. What rights would that violate? Isn't there a video system at the home for safety purposes, whereby a photo could be taken from a video still? Why should the people of Manchester have to rely on a sketch of this person who may demonstrate violent tendencies... is this crazy or what?
Jerry Belle December 22, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Huh? There are two photos in this article - one of the 19 year old and a sketch of the fellow that left the group home...
Juan A Ortiz December 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I agree CM! There should ALWAYS be a yearly pic taken of all residents in case this happens. Which in my businens happens too often
alice peduto December 23, 2012 at 04:07 AM
are you people for real? there may be someone out there hurt or in trouble and you could care less I hope you all injoy your christmas and get in the spirit of christ
alice peduto December 23, 2012 at 04:09 AM
merry christmas and a happy new year!!!!
John E December 23, 2012 at 04:23 AM
That group home been in the Whiting's area for decades..it changes its name more then a mother changes her baby's diaper..its a place for druggie's and drunks, AA meetings, etc...its in the Beckerville section of Whitings off Rt 70 not near the seniors villages. Never knew the new name..last I heard it was called New Beginnings when I lived in Whitings years ago. As for this article..the guy missing is 19 years old..he's not a child..why is this news???
John Mayer December 23, 2012 at 02:58 PM
There's also a few group homes in Roosevelt City section of Whiting which is populated by families with children that play outside and go on bike rides with friends. I would only hope that these group homes do not house VIOLENT people.
. December 23, 2012 at 03:25 PM
@Lucie47 What about all of the younger people that do nothing buy talk and text while driving. Do you feel safe around them? How about all of the drunks that get in their cars and drive every day. How about stopping them? If you are afraid to so much as back out of your drive, then I would fear you also on the roads. Those such as you that are not confident to drive should stay home. Maybe you need to be tested if you are so afraid to drive. How about that?
get involved December 23, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I agree. What is the purpose of a group home? As far as I know, it is a place for drug, alcohol, and sex addicted individuals (not to mention the violent ex-cons) to somehow have a place to stay while they find a permanent place to work and live. But it is also a "halfway" point to see if they are actually are rehabilitated. Which means "testing" to see if they will commit the same crimes before being able to leave. So housing them in a neighborhood of children is not the best choice and shame on the homeowners who sell their homes to these group homes. In light of this event, I demand more police patrolling Roosevelt City and the next time, the elementary school should be notified of a missing person in our neighborhood!! There are no fences around the play areas to protect the children!!!
Laura Anderson December 23, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Great!!! Where is this place in Beckerville because I live there?
bhavaja December 23, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Anonymous responding to Lucie47- couldn't have said it better - Why does our society like to compartmentalize rather than integrate... group homes are also for those with higher functioning mental illness like Aspbergers and Autism not just addicts and felons; this population is violent when startled or asked to change from what they are doing - not predators...also sometimes photo IDs cannot be shared due to HIPPA/DCPP etc...
get involved December 23, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Any neighborhood can be filled with residents with higher functioning mental illness, true. But most group homes are housing people who have been known to have been in serious situations with their addictions or criminal actions. A friend who happens to live a couple of doors down from one of the group homes in Roosevelt City witnessed one of the residents standing in the street, staring at her home for quite a long time. Turns out the resident has Multiple Personality Disorder. WOW!~ Just what you want to hear. If the township wants to replace the most violent/ unsafe residents of these homes with residents who have high functioning disabilities, I think that would be a more responsible solution. My children and their safety will always come first. Let's not wait for something horrible to happen.
John Williams December 23, 2012 at 08:44 PM
317 Beckerville Road, Lakehurst, New Jersey, NJ 08733 Its a small Rehabilitaion Hospital....number of beds 24.
John Williams December 23, 2012 at 09:01 PM
WoW...I never knew there were group homes in the Roosevelt City section of Whitings..that's a residental area. I'm suprised the Manchester zoning board permits this..I can see foster care homes for children with foster parents..but a group home for adults? I did read this about that 56 year old guy missing: Police say Heydorn may demonstrate violent tendencies if encountered.
ballyjduf December 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM


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