Marders Still Seeking Answers About Dash’s Disappearance While Diving Off Indonesia


The family of a 30-year-old East Hampton man who disappeared while free-diving off a remote Indonesian island two weeks ago is still seeking answers.

Dashiel Marder’s family, in a statement emailed Wednesday morning, said a private fact-gathering inquiry they initiated last week is expected to conclude soon and that they are hopeful more information can be verified and shared next week. They have not said if a body has been found.

“The family’s expectation of and requests for independent corroboration and accurate official certification of the incident are still being met,” the statement read.

Mr. Marder, of Springs, has been missing since April 17, when he failed to surface after a short dive, without air tanks, in an effort to catch a tuna with a spear gun.

His family, the owners of Marders Garden Center and Nursery in Bridgehampton, said this week they considered a trip to Indonesia, but “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 United States and Indonesia to support the search and investigation.”

The accomplished free-diver and spearfisherman vanished in a narrow stretch of ocean off the island of Sumba in southern Indonesia, about 500 miles from northwestern Australia.

“Thank you for the outpouring of love and concern everyone has shown for Dashiel and for our family,” the family wrote in its statement. “We have been receiving notes and wishes, and they have helped us cope with our sorrow and fear since the time of the incident.”

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