Randlett, OK

The mysterious disappearance of 69-year-old farmer Bruce Benson from his Oklahoma farmland

Ada E.
Photo byMaxine Benson

Bruce Benson vanished without a trace on his farmland in Randlett, Oklahoma, leaving his wife and son grappling with his mysterious disappearance. A seasoned farmer of 69 years, Bruce was last seen by his son, Grady Benson, on the chilly evening of November 9, 2022. That evening, Bruce had delivered dinner to Grady in the field where he was working. Although he complained of not feeling well and hinted at taking a break the following day, no one could have anticipated that it was a prelude to a longer, uncertain absence.

At the time, Maxine Benson, Bruce's spouse of five decades, was enjoying a getaway with friends. Despite Bruce not being proficient with texting, Maxine grew concerned when her repeated calls remained unanswered. With a nagging sense of worry settling in, she urged Grady to check on his father, fearing that his lack of response was unusually out of character.

Photo byMaxine Benson

Bruce's disappearance started to turn into a grim reality when Grady visited the family house only to find new boots and a pair of socks, seemingly ready to be worn, but no sign of his father. A surge of panic began to seep in, and by November 11, Bruce was officially reported missing. Grady recounts the frantic actions initiated by the Cotton County Sheriff's Office, as the community rallied to find Bruce, last seen donning a white striped polo, blue jeans, and noticeably worn work boots.

Maxine cut her trip short, rushing back home to join the frantic search for her husband, who seemed to have vanished into thin air after their last meal together on November 9. A chilling realization dawned upon Maxine when she noticed that the pie they had enjoyed for breakfast remained untouched, a highly unusual behavior considering Bruce's penchant for sweets.

Photo byMaxine Benson

The couple, who embarked on their journey of togetherness at the tender ages of 16 and 18, had woven a lifetime of memories and routines that now echoed ominously in Bruce's absence. Maxine recalled their young love blossoming when Bruce visited her workplace at a local truck stop, culminating in a marriage just eighteen months later.

As days turned into months, the tireless search expanded into neighboring regions, encompassing aerial searches, dog squads, and even psychic consultations in a desperate bid to unearth any clues. The community has rallied around the family, offering relentless support and assistance. Despite the gaping void Bruce's disappearance has left, hope remains ignited, fueled by a strong community spirit and the family's unwavering resolve.

Photo byMaxine Benson

Grady harbors hope that someone, somewhere, holds information that can illuminate the dark mystery shrouding his father's disappearance. He earnestly urges anyone with pertinent information to come forward, while a substantial reward of $25,000 awaits anyone providing leads that could pinpoint Bruce's current location.

Bruce, a man of sturdy build, standing at 5'11" and weighing around 210 to 220 lbs, with distinguishing blue eyes and gray hair, seems to have vanished without a trace. In this trying time, the family urges anyone with valuable information to reach out to the Cotton County Sheriff's Office at (580) 875-3383, or the OSBI at (800) 522-8017, or to send an email to tips.obsi.ok.gov, as the relentless search for Bruce Benson continues.

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