Benjamin Robert Sjoberg

Above: Sjoberg, circa 1996


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 18, 1996 from Hawaii
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 24, 1973
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'3, 200 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond/red hair, blue eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    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.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Naval Criminal Investigative Service Headquarters



    Source Information
    Naval Criminal Investigative Service
    Peacetime Military Casualties
    Naval History and Heritage Command


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 30, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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