Benjamin Alan Eder
Benjamin, approximately 2001
Date reported missing : 12/11/2001
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 03/22/1980 (41)
Age at the time of disappearance: 21 years old
Height / Weight : Height unknown, 160 - 200 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair. Benjamin's nickname is Ben.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Benjamin was last seen aboard the 40-foot crabbing vessel Nesika on December 11, 2001. The boat capsized in the Pacific Ocean half a mile offshore, one mile west of Yaquina Head, and ran aground on Beverly Beach north of Newport, Oregon.
Four fishermen were lost: Eder, Steven Langlot, Robert Thompson and Jared Hamrick. Only Langlot's body was recovered; the other three men have never been found. They are presumed lost at sea.
Benjamin was a junior at the University of Oregon's Eugene campus at the time of his disappearance, double-majoring in biochemistry and international relations. He had previously studied at Reed College and had traveled extensively throughout the United States and Latin America.
Several members of his family are involved in commercial fishing and his mother, Michele Longo Eder, published a memoir after his death called Salt in Our Blood: The Memoir of a Fisherman's Wife.
Photographs of Thompson are unavailable. He was 40 years old at the time of his disappearance. Further descriptive details are unavailable.
Other information and links : ncy
Oregon State Police
September 2021 updates and sources
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In Memorium: Benjamin Eder
Salt in Our Blood: The Memoir of a Fisherman's Wife
The Eugene Register-Guard
The Oregon Daily Emerald
October 12, 2004. February 26, 2014; .
Interactive Missing Person Search Map