If he is alive, Benjamin Roseland is 28 years old.
He was 19 when he went missing, last seen around 10:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 2008, in the 400 block of 10th Avenue South in Clinton. He left a friend's house to walk a few blocks to Hy-Vee, in the 900 block of South 4th Street, for a snack.
He apparently never made it to the store and has not been seen since.
Roseland was born Nov. 24, 1988. When he disappeared, the 5-foot-11 white man with blue eyes and brown hair weighed 175 pounds. He was wearing camouflage coveralls.
Captain Tom Bohle of the Clinton Police Department says the case remains open. Investigators have exhausted all the leads that have come in within the past year. “We are still taking leads,” he said. “We will take any leads.”
A candlelight vigil for Roseland was held Nov. 22, 2008 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Clinton, Iowa.
Another vigil was held Oct. 15, 2014, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Clinton. Volunteers from the Community United Effort, or CUE, Center for Missing Persons stopped in Clinton during its national tour to raise awareness of missing children and adults.
Roseland's story and photo are included on several websites such as ProjectJason.org, a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase public awareness of missing people. The group coordinated with an organization of truck drivers known as “18-Wheel Angels” to spread information about Roseland’s disappearance across the country.
A family friend established the website benroseland.com, which contains links to media coverage about the case and comments for and from family members and friends. Most of the comments and articles are several years old.
The missing man’s story and several photos also are featured on the Charley Project website charleyproject.org/cases/r/roseland_benjamin.html. The site profiles about 9,500 missing people cold cases, mainly from the United States. It is a publicity vehicle for people who have been missing for at least one year.)
Roseland was a frugal person who had saved his money since he was 8 — in fact, he had hoped to put a down payment on a house, his mother previously told the press.
He did not own a car, did not take any personal belongings with him and left money in his bank account. There has been no activity on his cell phone or bank account since he disappeared, according to the Charley Project, which last updated his case Dec. 26, 2014, with age-progression added.
Roseland lived at home and attended Clinton Community College. He missed some school over the winter while he recovered from a car crash that left him with a skull fracture. Among the rumors that circulated was that Roseland left town to avoid legal repercussions from the crash, in which another person was injured.
Since his disappearance, law enforcement officers from the Clinton Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff's Office, Iowa State Patrol and Clinton Fire Department also have searched, along with the Eko-Sar K-9 Search & Rescue team. The Med-Force medical helicopter also helped. A helicopter pilot, assisted by a Clinton police officer as a spotter, flew above the area where Roseland last was seen.
Anyone with information about Roseland should call the Clinton Police Department, 563-243-1458.