New Clues Sought in Man's Disappearance

Thursday, January 18, 2018 10:30 a.m.

Detectives Seek New Information to Solve Mystery Surrounding Man’s 2016 Disappearance. Reward Offered.

(Cocoa, FL)—The family of a 35-year old man reported missing in November, 2016, is hoping someone comes forward with new information that can help solve the mystery behind his disappearance. Derek Edward Hensley has not been seen or heard from since the morning of November 16, 2016 when his mother left for work and left him at their home on Malory Court in Cocoa. The family reported him missing later that day saying it was highly unusual for him to leave home and not return. At the time detectives interviewed family, friends and known associates in an attempt to locate him. A subsequent search of his room and personal belongings did not yield any clues. Hensley did not take any personal items with him.

So far, the investigation revealed at the time, Hensley had been recently released from the U.S. Navy. It was also learned that he had interests in following musical festivals touring the U.S. “The case has gone cold,” said Detective Matt Rush. “The family is hoping new media exposure will yield new information. They are hoping to find him safe somewhere, but really just want answers and some closure.”

 Hensley is a white male, 5’7” tall, thin build weighing approximately 145 pounds, dark colored hair with shaved head. He is also clean shaven. Local, state and national bulletins have been issued and have yielded no new information. Anyone with new information is asked to contact the Cocoa Police Department at 321-639-7620 or the Central Florida CRIMELINE. CRIMELINE callers will remain anonymous and can be eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000 in this case.