Community rallies in support of Forte family

Friends and family of Greg Forte, the Selbyville man who went missing more than two weeks ago in Fenwick Island, this week retained their hope and continued their prayers as state police and investigators searched for more clues.

A subject previously sought for questioning in the case – a man who was seen in a surveillance image taken at the Shore Stop on Route 26 in Bethany Beach – has since been contacted by detectives and is no longer wanted for questioning in the missing persons investigation. The man was seen at Shore Stop on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 10, about 4 a.m., about a day after Forte went missing.

“Officers were able to get in touch with this gentleman,” noted Cpl. Thomas Guarini of the Delaware State Police. “They were able to speak to him, and from the interview, it was determined that this individual was definitely not involved [in the missing-person case]. We still have no new leads, and the investigation is still pending. We are trying to follow any tips or leads that we receive.”

Forte was last seen around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, at a condo on South Carolina Avenue in Fenwick Island. According to police reports, Forte’s Jeep Grand Cherokee was found abandoned under a carport at the Fenwick Island condo the morning of Feb. 9, with the keys still in the ignition, the radio playing and the driver’s door open. Forte’s knit hat was also located along a walkway leading to the beach, and witnesses said he was not wearing shoes when he was last seen. Searches have been conducted by state and local organizations and community volunteers but have turned up no leads.

Through these difficult times for Forte’s family and friends, members of the community and St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Ocean City, Md., are coming together in support of the family. On Thursday, March 4, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., a benefit will be held at St. Andrew’s Catholic Center, located at 144th Street in Ocean City, for the Fortes. There is a $10 admission charge, and the event will include food from local restaurants and music from Randy Lee Ashcraft, Opposite Directions, the Ed Holston Trio and Overtime.

“Linda [Forte] has been very active in our parish,” noted Peggy O’Malley, a member of the congregation at St. Andrew’s, of Greg Forte’s mother. “We all pray for Greg’s safety. You never think anything like this could happen here, in such a small, close community. Everyone’s heart goes out to the Forte family. They are prisoners right now, and we want to do what we can do for them. It’s overwhelming to see the efforts people have brought forward.”

Friends and family of Greg Forte are still offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to his safe return. Anyone with any information regarding the location of Greg Forte should immediately contact the Delaware State Police at Troop 4 by dialing (302) 856-5850, ext. 208.