Benjamin W. McDaniel

Above: McDaniel, circa 2010


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 18, 2010 from Ponce de Leon, Florida
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 15, 1980
  • Age: 30 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'1, 210 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. McDaniel's nickname is Ben. He has a receding hairline.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black scuba-diving suit, C130 scuba tanks, goggles, yellow fins, a computer dive watch and possibly small round earrings.
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    Details of Disappearance

    McDaniel was last seen cave diving at Vortex Springs in Ponce de Leon, Florida on August 18, 2010. He entered the cave alone at 7:30 p.m. The cave is 1,600 feet in length and drops as much as 165 feet deep. McDaniel has never been heard from again. An extensive search turned up no indication of his whereabouts; the searchers only found McDaniel's decompression tanks at the mouth of the cave, unused. He left his truck in the Vortex Springs parking lot. McDaniel is presumed to have drowned.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Holmes County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    WJHG 7
    The Panama City News Herald


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 28, 2012; clothing/jewelry description added, distinguishing characteristics updated.

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