Benjamin had been on a snowboarding outing and had indicated he was hitchhiking from Tabernash, CO to his home in Jackson Hole, WY. He was last observed running across a parking lot toward US Hwy 191 as if he was getting a ride but never arrived at his destination. His remains were located on 10/1/06 near a rock formation known as Boars Tusk, approximately 25 miles north of Rock Springs. His custom-made "Never Summer" split snowboard is still missing. The snowboard splits into two short skis to climb slopes and can be reaasembled into a downhill snowboard. The bottom of the snowboard is black with the letters "NS" in red dripping lettering. The upper side is described as blue with a bald eagle grasping white ribbons and five lightning bolts along with the words "Denver" and "USA" in a white mountain scene. His death is being investigated as a homicide.
His Family and Friends are seeking any information about his death. If you have seen his snow board or know anything about his death please contact:
Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office (307) 352-3397 or (307) 872-6350
Design on Ben’s black custom-made "Never Summer" split snowboard shown below.
UPDATE: An autopsy determined the cause of death to be from multiple stab wounds to the chest. A skull fracture was also noted above the victim’s left ear. No defensive wounds were noted on the body.
UPDATE: March 2010 - Man Arrested In Snowboarder’s Murder: Eric John Conn, 41, was taken into custody on March 18 in St. Louis and charged in connection with the death of Ben Bradley. Conn, was living in Rock Springs at the time of Bradley’s disappearance. According to court documents, Conn admitted during a polygraph test with federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents that he kicked Bradley with steel-toe boots after two other men hit him with an ax handle and stabbed him. Other arrests expected.
UPDATE: October 8, 2010 - County Attorney Brett Johnson said in statement his office is requesting all charges against Eric John Conn, 41, and Tommy Joe Bowman, 38, be dismissed. Charges could be refiled, the statement said.