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Benjamin Robert Sjoberg

Missing Person Case September 2021

Sjoberg, approximately 1996

Date reported missing : 10/18/1996

Missing location (approx) :
Hawaii, Hawaii
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :

DOB : 08/24/1973 (47)
Age at the time of disappearance: 23 years old
Height / Weight : 6'3, 200 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Blond/red hair, blue eyes.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Sjoberg was serving as a United States Navy hull technician third class in 1996. He was last seen aboard the USS Harper's Ferry (LSD-49) at approximately 11:00 p.m. on October 18, 1996. The ship was reportedly passing between the Hawaiian islands of Kauai and Niihau at the time, coming as close as 2,000 yards from shore at one point during the evening.
Sjoberg disappeared from the ship sometime that night and has never been heard from again. He was reported missing at 7:20 a.m. the next day. An extensive search, covering over 1,500 square miles of ocean as well as efforts on shore, turned up no sign of him.
Sjoberg is described as a very athletic man, an excellent swimmer and an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed living off the land. He has a preference for exotic-looking women. He is originally from Duluth, Minnesota. His remains have never been recovered and his case remains unsolved.

Other information and links : ncy

Naval Criminal Investigative Service

September 2021 updates and sources

Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Peacetime Military Casualties
Naval History and HeritAge at the time of disappearance: Command

October 12, 2004. June 30, 2015; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.