Benjamin Wayne McDaniel
McDaniel, approximately 2010
Date and time person was reported missing : 08/18/2010
Missing location (approx) :
Ponce de Leon, Florida
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 04/15/1980 (41)
Age at the time of disappearance: 30 years old
Height / Weight : 6'1, 210 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black scuba-diving suit, C130 scuba tanks, goggles, yellow fins, a computer dive watch and possibly small round earrings.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. McDaniel's nickname is Ben. He has a receding hairline.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : 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.
Other information and links : ncy
Holmes County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The Panama City News Herald
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