Benjamin Roseland

Benjamin Roseland

Benjamin Roseland (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Benjamin Melvin Roseland

Missing Person

Benjamin Melvin Roseland
Age at Report: 19
DOB: November 24, 1988
Weight: 175 lbs.
Height: 5′ 11″
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Missing From: Clinton, IA
Clinton County
Case #: CL08000580
NCMEC: 1092332
NamUs MP # 5286
Missing Since: February 9, 2008

Case summary compiled by Jody Ewing

Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2008, Benjamin “Ben” Roseland left a friend’s house in the 400 block of 10th Avenue South, Clinton, Iowa, to walk a few blocks to a Hy-Vee grocery store located in the 900 block of South 4th Street.

The 19-year-old never made it to the store.

Clinton County in Iowa
Clinton County in Iowa
Clinton, Iowa Clinton in Clinton County

He was last seen wearing a short-sleeved brown polo shirt, blue jeans, camouflage bib coveralls, white socks and brown camouflage-print sneakers. He took none of his personal belongings.

A large group of volunteers searched the area east and south near where Ben disappeared. A shoe was located in a vacant yard at the corner of 13th Avenue South and 3rd Street, and a short time later, its mate found sitting on top a snow bank on the street’s east side. Ben’s mother indicated Benjamin wore a pair of shoes similar to the make, style, color and shoe size of those found.

This information launched a more intensive search in the area east of 13th Avenue South and 3rd Street, and involved officers from the Clinton Police Department, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol and the Clinton Fire Department.

In addition, the Eko-Sar K-9 Search and Rescue team was activated to assist in the search, and ADM security also assisted in the search of their property. The MED FORCE aero medical helicopter pilot — assisted by a Clinton police officer as spotter — flew over the area where Benjamin was last seen, and though the Clinton Fire Department attempted to put a rescue boat in the water, the venture proved unsuccessful due to surface conditions at the 5th Street boat ramp.

Ben Roseland with cat

Courtesy photo Roseland family

No additional items were found in the area.

There has been no activity on Roseland’s cell phone or bank account, and his friends have stated they have no knowledge of his whereabouts.

At the time he went missing, Roseland was a Clinton Community College student and resided with his parents in the 1900 block of Pershing Boulevard.

The previous winter, Roseland sustained a fractured skull in a car accident that left him with a vertical scar extending from his lower lip to his chin, a scar on the right side of his mouth, a scar on the left side of his nose and a scar on his chest’s upper left side. He had missed some school as a result of his injuries.

Another person had been injured in the winter accident, and Roseland was charged with driving on a suspended license and failure to stop within a safe distance. The case was still pending when Roseland went missing.

Benjamin Roseland age-progressed to 26 years. (Courtesy NCMC)

Benjamin Roseland age-progressed to 26 years. (Courtesy NCMC)

The teen’s loved ones stated he was remorseful over his role in the accident and would not have fled to avoid charges against him. He didn’t own a car, but left behind a significant amount of money in his bank account. He’d been saving since age eight and hoped to put a down payment on a house, but already had paid $5,000 to an attorney for representation.

Roseland’s family said it was uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning.

Photos in a moving YouTube video (see below) illuminate a close-knit family devastated by the young man’s disappearance. And in a June 2008 Clinton Herald article, the teen’s younger sister Helen describes how their cat, Felix, lies on her brother Ben’s bed, still missing him.

Ben Roseland’s whereabouts and his case remain unsolved.

Information Needed

Anyone with information regarding Benjamin Roseland’s unsolved disappearance is encouraged to contact Sgt. Richard Mojeiko at the Clinton Police Department at (563) 243-1457 or send an email to info@benroseland.com.

You may also contact the Missing Person Information Clearinghouse / Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at 1-800-346-5507 or Crime Stoppers (anonymously) at 1-888-883-8015.

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Share Your Thoughts

  1. Please if anyone had any information, contact the proper enforcement! Benny has been gone far to long, and his family and friends need answers.

  2. I presume he is probably deceased due to inactivity with accounts, phones, etc. has the family been contacted by anyone with any info. also with the comment Nobody made about the two individuals they claim were involved, I noticed they live real close to each other. also who was involved in the car accident the profile speaks of. too many questions that the general public doesn’t know and maybe for good reason. this case is sketchy to say the least.

    • Tin this is no joke. The gold cross ben is wearing in the photo, I have a picture of it hanging from their cars review mirror. They have since removed it. ive seen the man wear the camouflaged coveralls. I also saw the brown two button polo shirt. I’m terrified of these two people.

      • I am not doubting if you saw the necklace hanging in the rear view mirror or the brown coveralls and shirt. I do want to ask you or tell you that’s pretty weak evidence unless you can link them back to ben. I know a lot of people that have crosses hanging from their mirrors and remember you live in Iowa so there will be a lot of overalls being worn especially in winter. I can probably safely say you live in the Pershing area since you have observed this and that is where these two live also. please elaborate if you have more evidence to back up your claim and you really should go to the police detectives if you have good evidence to back up your claim. we all want justice for Ben.

        • well I know the man is a pediphile, non registered and the lady bullies little kids. I guess the two crosses are an exact match, but sure mass production. I’m done talking. Ive been at this for six months quit my job over it. I found out a lot but of course three items relating to him is in their possession and they have a cabin in the grandmound area is truly lack of evidence.

        • Tim last october I had a nightmare so horrific I called them people 563 242 9038 and said I know what you did, ect. The next day the cross pendant was off their car mirror. what do you make of that?

      • @nobody seems like the most you have done for this case is tip someone off that could be involved with it and harassed an old couple(sure they sound like they deserve it). oh, and before you try and go ridiculing that father, try to keep in mind that you could never understand what he is going through unless the same thing happens in your life, i hope nothing in your life ever comes close to that, just don’t expect people to respond in the most pleasant way when something like this is sprung up like this out of the blue. what you did was done with good intentions but you really need to think about how you go about these things and what will be the result of your actions.

    • And I did call the law I told them I had a photo of the cross I asked for a fax# or a cell phone# to send them this info. They said they had no number they could not help me and hung up. also I did go to the parents house and I showed them the photo they looked at it and the dad verified it was bens crossnecklace. They just shut the door.

  3. hey nobody I will do some research but how do you know those two people are involved. is he dead, alive, or are you just trying to start trouble. this shouldn’t be taken lightly if it is true.

      • Helma cronk was my elementary school teacher, what makes you think that? It was parked down the street was it not?

        • Helen I don’t know if this person is trying to start trouble or if he is telling the truth but I wish if he has info he take it to the proper authorities

      • WE NEED EVERY SINGLE THING YOU HAVE AND THE SOONER THE BETTER CAN YOU GET ME A PICTURE OF THE CABIN AND SURROINDING AREA OF IT ALSO?? WHATS AN ADDRESS DIRECTIONS, ANYTHING EVERY SINGLE BIT OF INFORMATION YOU HAVE WE NEED ASAP!!! U HAVE TO REALIZE THAT EVERY TIME SOME NEW INFORMATION IS BROUGHT UP ABOUT BENJAMIN ITS USUALLY COMING UP ON THE SAME DATE OF HIS DISAPPEARANCE OR CLOSE TO IT!!!DONT BE AFRAID TO GIVE INFORMATION YOU HAVE YOU CAN CONTACT THE AGENCY CALLED “QUE” and leave information privately if your worried about your safety please don’t be afraid we know how frustrated your feeling and we just want Ben!!!

        • If a phone call to authorities do nothing, then GO to the station and demand they listen. I agree with Laura, if you are afraid for yourself, CONTACT THE AGENCY CALLED “QUE” and leave information privately . Please do what you can to help!!!