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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.
Photographs of Thompson are unavailable. He was 40 years old at the time of his disappearance. Further descriptive details are unavailable.
Oregon State Police