The family of Dashiel Marder, a 30-year-old Springs native who went missing around April 19 while free diving and spearfishing in Indonesia, shared an update with concerned family, friends and community members on Wednesday.
Along with thanking everyone for the enormous outpouring of support for the Marder family—who own Marders, an inveterate garden center on Snake Hollow Road in Bridgehampton—said they have been in contact with various agencies seeking counsel and assistance with finding Dash.
Here is their letter:
Dear Friends & Family,
Thank you again for the outpouring of love and concern you have shown for Dashiel and for our family.
We have been receiving your notes and wishes, and they have helped us cope with our sorrow and fear since the time of the incident.
We also want to thank you for the support you 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.
Just to give you an update.
The family’s expectation of and requests for independent corroboration of personal statements regarding events and accurate official certification of the incident are still being met. 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.
We will be in touch again as new information becomes available.
The Marder Family