By Kathryn G. Menu
A private, fact gathering inquiry into the disappearance of 30-year-old Dashiel Marder was launched last week by the Marder family. Marder, a Springs resident and spear fisherman, was formally reported missing on Wednesday, April 17 after failing to resurface after a dive in Indonesia.
“The family’s expectation of and requests for independent corroboration and accurate official certification of the incident are still being met,” read a statement issued by the family, which owns the Marder’s Garden Center in Bridgehampton, this week. “A private fact-gathering inquiry was initiated by the family last week with the objective of obtaining all necessary information. That inquiry is expected to conclude soon.”
“Though an immediate trip to Indonesia by family members was considered, due to the remoteness of the region, the language barrier, the technological difficulties and the time difference, it was decided that the most effective use of family time and resources would be to seek expert assistance and counsel from agencies in the U.S. and Indonesia to support the search and investigation,” continued the family statement.
Marder did not surface after a free dive in a remote area of Nihuwatu in East Nusa Tenggara while on a spear fishing trip that took him from Hawaii to French Polynesia and finally Indonesia. Marder is a world-class spear fisherman, having recorded the second largest Pacific tuna speared after a trip to Mexico in 2012.
In their statement, the Marder family thanked the community for the “outpouring of love and concern everyone has shown for Dashiel and for our family.”
“We have been receiving notes and wishes, and they have helped us cope with our sorrow and fear since the time of the incident,” read the family statement. “We also want to thank everyone for the support they have been giving each other. Whether it has been family helping family, friends comforting friends, or people reaching out to each other in the community, these gestures have not gone unnoticed. We will always be grateful.”