The Doe Network:
Case File 3601DMWI


Benjamin J. Wilberding
Missing since May 24, 1996 from Tomahawk, Lincoln County, Wisconsin
Classification: Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
On May 24, 1996 Ben Wilberding disappeared from his parents' home on County Road CC in rural Tomahawk. He spoke to his sister from his home that morning, and that was the last she or anyone else heard from him. When Ben was last seen he was in a maroon vehicle with two other occupants.

Weeks later police found his driver's license and social security card, on a different person. Police investigated that person, but found no evidence linking him to a crime.

Ben's last paycheck remained at Hurd Millwork Co. in Merrill where he was employed as summer help, and his vehicle was parked where it was when he went missing. His Social Security card hasn't been used and his driver's license has not been renewed.

There doesn't seem to be any reasons why Wilberding disappeared, no clues as to where he might be and no ideas if he just fled the country, or if foul play was involved.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Lincoln County Sheriff's Department
Lt. Mark Gartmann

Agency Case Number: CR0796-201

NCIC Number: M933833283
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Wisconsin Clearinghouse
NamUs MP #8090

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