The Doe Network:
Case File 3697DMCO


Benjamin Franklin Gray
Missing since June 1, 1978 from Montrose, Montrose Co, Colorado
Classification: Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date of Birth: August 16, 1927
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 51 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8-5'10"; 165 to 180 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair (fairly short with waves and curls); hazel/blue eyes; sideburns. Black frame prescription eye glasses.
  • Marks, Scars: "crippled" middle finger on right hand, scar on knee. The long finger on his left hand did not bend due to an old injury
  • Medical: He had healed broken bones from riding the rodeo in his younger days. He was a little bow-legged from riding horses. A more recent back injury from an automobile accident.
  • Clothing: Green and white plaid cowboy shirt and blue jeans. Cowboy boots. Leather belt.
  • Jewelry: Wearing diamond ring with large sets around it at time of disappearance.
  • Dentals: Dentures
  • Alias: Ben Gray, Beny Gray

Circumstances of Disappearance
Benjamin Gray was a middle-aged rancher when he left the upstairs suite he leased at the former Chipeta Bar and Café. He stepped out with a friend late May 30, 1978, headed for the family ranch in Gunnison County. The friend said he dropped Gray back at 10 S. Uncompahgre at around 4 a.m. May 31 and that as far as he knew, Gray was back at his rooms.
He was reported missing by his wife. A massive, three-agency search involving rescuers on horseback, canine search crews and an airplane were unable to find any trace of Gray. Gray's wife and children were all interviewed, as were several business people in town. No leads developed.
It wasn't in keeping with Ben Gray's character not to return. He had assured his wife he'd be back. He didn't take any personal property with him.
Gray, a businessman who liked to boast of his ventures, might have made a few enemies, but on the whole was well-liked, and had a reputation for generosity.

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

Montrose Police Department
Detective Micheal Watson

Agency Case Number: 78-1090

Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
The Montrose Press 3/15/08
NamUs MP#10082

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