Benjamin Peter STEPHENS

 

Name: STEPHENS Benjamin Peter Sex: Male
Year of Birth: 1980 Age Now: 33

 
At Time of Disappearance
Age: 23 Height (cm): 180.0 Build: Thin
Hair Colour: Brown Eye Colour: Hazel Complexion: Fair
Nationality:   Racial Appearance: Caucasian    

 
Circumstances
Benjamin was last seen at his family property at Blaxlands Creek property on Armidale Road on the 18th March 2004. Subsequent searches of the family property have failed to located the missing person.

 

Benjamin's sister has this plea -

"My brother Benjamin Stephens has been missing for 10 years now and we are no closer to finding out what happened. It has left a massive hole in my family that just grows as the years go on.
  Ben was last seen in Coutts Crossing (Australia NSW 2460) on the 18/03/2004. He was wearing a dark shirt, board shorts (unsure of colour) and thongs. There has been no reference to Ben being in the presence of anyone at the time (although we are not 100% sure)."


  Ben's Description:
  Age: 30 (in 2010)
  Eye Colour: Blue (bright)
  Hight: 5'11"
  Hair: Dark Brown

Quietly grieving

 
Ross Kendall | 1st Aug 2011 2:00 AM  - The Daily Examiner

IT WAS mid-afternoon on a sunny day in March 2004 when Ben Stephens put his washing in the machine, had a chat to his sister, and then walked outside – and hasn’t been seen since.

And so began the torment of the unknown that has left the Stephens family grasping for answers for the past seven years.

“The most devastating thing about Ben going missing is that there is no closure,” Ben’s mother Ellyn Stephens said.

“I really want to know what happened.

"It was very cruel ... I’ve had death in my family but this is completely different.

“I’m not feeling any better; it is still raw. I feel very vulnerable – I am absolutely devastated.”

At the time of his disappearance, Ben was 24, had a job at the abattoir, a room at the Good Intention Hotel in South Grafton and a girlfriend.

There were no signs that he was planning to go anywhere.

The Stephenses lived outside Coutts Crossing and Ben’s car was still there the afternoon he went missing.

In it were his two asthma puffers and his wallet.

“Sometimes I think he met foul play and sometimes I think he just took off,” Mrs Stephens said.

Coping with a missing son changed Mrs Stephens’ life and it has also affected Ben’s three siblings.

His sister has undergone counselling and also saw several psychics to help her deal with the loss.

Adding to the pain is that some people, including friends, took that low point in her life as an opportunity to take advantage of her.

But it was also the support of good friends that made it possible to cope with the pain and to get through it all.

Mrs Stephens has one key message for her son: “I love you Benny, please come home, let me know you are still alive.”