Senior Airman Keifer Huhman had spent a majority of his life immersed in the military.
Following in his father’s footsteps, the 21-year-old enlisted in the United States Air Force after graduating from high school. And things were going very well. Currently stationed at the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, he was soon to be transferred to the U.S. air base in Okinawa, Japan, the same base where his father is currently serving.
“He called it his golden ticket. He was ready to see another part of the world,” Chief Master Sgt. Kenneth Huhman, Keifer’s father, told Dateline. “It was going to be kind of neat to be serving together, but now I’m holding onto the hope that it will still happen.”
The plans are up in the air now because Monday marks one month since Keifer disappeared.
The last time anyone heard from the airman was the afternoon of Super Bowl Sunday, February 7. Keifer reportedly was on the way to a bowl party when he phoned the host saying he wasn’t sure he would be able to make it. He was driving his blue 1997 Ford Ranger truck.
The following morning, Keifer did not show up for duty at the base, where he is a member of the 436th Communications Squadron. His supervisor went to his apartment in the Blue Hen apartment complex in Dover to look for him.
A missing person report was soon filed.
It was learned later that week that the truck had been found, towed around 10:00 p.m. on the 7th, the day Keifer was last seen, from the shoulder of the William V. Roth, Jr. Bridge. A witness had reportedly seen the vehicle with its hood up and hazard lights on, family members say. The truck had been having mechanical issues recently.
While the bridge does have cameras, officials with the Dover Police say they do not record video.
“The strangest piece of this whole thing is that it’s a very well-traveled roadway,” said Kenneth. “But there hasn’t been anyone calling in saying they saw him with the truck. Someone had to have seen him. And we are just asking that person to come forward.”
Multiple agencies, including the Dover Police Department, Delaware State Police and the United States Air Force Officer of Special Investigations, are investigating. Several aerial and maritime searches of the C&D Canal below the bridge have been conducted, but no solid evidence has been uncovered.
"It's still being investigated as a missing persons case at this time," Dover Police Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman told Dateline. No other information was available to be released.
While police continue their investigation, the Huhman family is doing what they can to assist. Kenneth flew back to the states from Okinawa. Keifer’s mother has also traveled to Delaware from her home in North Carolina. Several volunteer searches have been conducted, the most recent this past weekend.
“Some days are good, and sometimes we are just basket cases,” said Kenneth. “We’re very worried.”
Social media is just one avenue the family is hoping may bring them the answers they need. The Facebook page ‘Bring Keifer Home’ and group ‘SrA Keifer Huhman Missing,’ are updated almost daily, and users are encouraged to share posts on their profiles with the hashtag #BringKeiferHome.
“We just need anyone who may have seen anything, or heard anyone talking about what happened, to come forward,” Kenneth told Dateline. “The case has hit a wall. Keifer is very much loved and missed, and we want him home.”
Keifer Huhman is described as 5’10” tall, weighing 150 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes.
If you have any information regarding the case, you are asked to call the Dover Police Department at (302) 736-7130.