Missing South Jersey man’s cell phone found in Germantown

For nearly two weeks, Khalil Wallace’s family and New Jersey State Police have been trying to find the 19-year-old man last seen Sept. 20 in Woodbine.

Wallace was last seen around 3:15pm that day, getting into a dark-colored 2012 Chrysler minivan with Pennsylvania plates.  A van matching that description was found later that day torched in Southwest Philadelphia.

When loved ones tried to track him down via his cell phone, a stranger answered it and said they “just found it” in Germantown, according to the family. Beyond that, details have been scant.

“I’m confident that with the help of the public, we will be able to solve this case one way or another,” said Lt. Fran Donlan of the N.J. State Police barracks in Woodbine.

To that end, the family has set up a Facebook page – “Missing!!! Khalil Wallace” – on which a recent post reads, “Another day goes by and no good news about Khalil. … Help us. Help Khalil. Continue to push for answers. We will continue to do all WE can to bring him home…we hope you will too.” Wallace has an eight-month-old daughter.

They’ve also posted flyers seeking information around Millville and Philadelphia.

Relatives told The News of Cumberland County that they were unaware of any friends Wallace, a former Millville High School and Rowan University football star, had in Philadelphia.

The Press of Atlantic City reported that while Wallace was awaiting trial on drug-distribution charges and free on $50,000 bail, his family said they do not think he is running from the law.

“You can think of a million and one scenarios,” his mother, who wished to remain unidentified out of safety concerns, told the newspaper. “It’s all I can do to stay faithful and prayerful. We’re praying and waiting.”

While a Philadelphia Police spokesperson said they are not investigating the case, Donlan said Monday that “it’s still a very active investigation” for South Jersey officials. “We’re following a lot of investigative leads,” he said.

A missing persons flyer described Wallace as 6-foot-4, 205 pounds with dreads and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans when last seen. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call N.J. State Police at (609) 861-3168 or 5698.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.