Left and Center: Kevin circa, 1997
Right: Age Progressed to age 33
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: March 30, 1997
Missing From: Goose Creek, Berkeley County, South Carolina
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: April 2, 1982
Age: 14 years old
Height and Weight: 5’7″ and 140 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: African American Male, Black hair, Brown eyes, Kevin has a gap between his upper front teeth and he walks with a noticeable slouch, he might use the last name “Alexander”
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A long sleeved brown/white stripes shirt, long white pants, and black/white Nike shoes
NCMEC Number: 830882
Details of Disappearance
Kevin was last seen in Goose Creek, South Carolina on March 30th 1997. He was last seen at approximately 1:00 am in his home which was located in the Charleston Naval Weapons Station. He was playing video games with his little sister earlier that evening, his mother came home and they spoke to each other for a while until she and his younger sister went to go to sleep.
Kevin told them he was going to stay up later to play more video games. When his family woke up later in the morning, they discovered Kevin had disappeared from the home. He was never heard from again afterwards. 2 days after his disappearance, his clothing was discovered at a construction site near his home. The clothing was separated by 5 to 10 feet along the road. The clothing was covered in spray paint.
Kevin was nowhere to be found. Witnesses told authorities they saw someone who matched Kevin’s physical description walking along a dirt road near the construction site at some point during the afternoon hours of March 30th. The person seen was only wearing sneakers and boxer shorts. The individual was alone and didn’t appear to be under an duress.
Investigators also had two witnesses place Kevin at the Weapons Station McDonalds on March 31st and April 1st. He was alone at this time. This is the last reported sighting of Kevin.
Kevin’s mother told police it was uncharacteristic of him to leave without telling anyone. He never missed a meal and always returned home by dark. She believes Kevin snuck out of the house in order to go and meet with friends at the time he vanished. His friends have all told investigators they didn’t see Kevin at all that night. Police don’t believe he was taken from his home against his will since there was no sign of forced entry or a struggle.
Investigators believe Kevin met with foul play and is no longer alive. They are investigating his disappearance as a homicide and changed the classification from a missing person to a probably homicide in the early months of 2006. Investigators said new forensic evidence as well as tips are what motivated the idea he was murdered.
They searched an area in Goose Creek in October of that same year but were unable to locate any trace of Kevin or his remains. In December, investigators identified a suspect in Kevin’s presumed murder. His name is Thomas McCardle, he is currently incarcerated on robbery charges.
Apparently another man, Michael Moorcroft, bragged about him and McCardle killing Kevin in 1997. They would’ve both been teenagers at the time of Kevin’s disappearance. Moorcroft has claimed that he only made up this story. He and McCardle have not been charged with anything in relation to Kevin’s disappearance.
Police did bring cadaver dogs to the childhood home of Moorcroft. They detected the scent of possible human remains underneath the shed. The yard of the home was searched for his body but investigators found no evidence in relation to Kevin’s disappearance in the location.
At the time of his disappearance, Kevin was an 8th grade student at Marrington High School and was a good student with no problems at school or home. He was liked by his teachers and was said to be shy and quiet but had a few friends at the time. He also enjoyed playing basketball in 1997. He was originally born in Indianapolis, Indiana. His family was in the US Navy at the time and moved around as a result.
Kevin’s disappearance remains unsolved. Foul play is strongly suspected in the case. His family moved out of their home in South Carolina in 1998.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Naval Criminal Investigative Service 800-479-9685
Federal Bureau of Investigation 803-722-0136
Goose Creek Police Department 803-572-4300
NCIS Resident Agency 803-764-7800