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    MN - Nathan Andrew Edberg, 21, White Bear Lake, 14 April 1999




    Nathan Andrew Edberg
    Missing since April 14, 1999 from White Bear Lake, Ramsey County, Minnesota
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Date Of Birth: September 17, 1977
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 22 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 6'3 - 6'4"; 210-230 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown/black hair; dark brown eyes. Glasses with wire frames (for reading and driving).
    Marks, Scars: Pierced ears (left double pierced).
    Clothing: White shirt, light or charcoal gray corduroy pants. 2 earrings in left ear.
    Dentals: Available.
    Medical: Suffers from depression
    AKA: Nate
    DNA: Available

    Circumstances of Disappearance:
    The night of his disappearance Nathan went to police reserves at the White Bear Lake Police Department. He was considering a career in law enforcement. Later that night, he stopped at the bar Decoy's Bar and Grill for a couple of drinks with old friends, in St. Paul, MN. No one saw him leave, however, his vehicle was located in a ditch at Highway 35 East and Highway 694, near the Vadnais Heights-Little Canada border.

    It appeared that Edberg tried to get the car out of the ditch but damaged the wheels. Authorities aren't sure if he was picked up by someone or if he wandered away. It is unclear if he was hurt in the accident. The vehicle was seen, coincidently, hours later by his friends as they were driving by the area. The State Patrol towed it that night. But no one saw Nathan Edberg.

    Edberg apparently left his wallet at the bar so he probably wasn't carrying any identification when he vanished.
    He did not show up for a job he was supposed to start nor a medical appointment.
    Foul play isn't suspected, but relatives say it would be unusual for Nathan Edberg to take off without notifying his family. No one has accessed his credit card or bank accounts.

    Nathan Edberg, who was planning to attend college after taking a year off, was starting to seek treatment for depression. He was depressed following a breakup with his girlfriend, and his parents' pending divorce. He had also lost his job.

    Authorities were not told about the disappearance until almost five days after Edberg's truck was found. Nathan was living with a cousin in St. Paul. When his mother didn't hear from him for several days, she and the rest of the family figured he was sad over the pending divorce and simply wanted to be alone.

    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Ramsey County Sheriff's Office

    Agency Case Number: 99-08676

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    Article from 2010:
    April 14th is always a difficult day for Jackie Edberg. It has been a very difficult day for the past 11 years. "I didn't imagine people could just do that, just vanish," the Vadnais Heights mother of four said.

    Jackie's son Nathan was 21 years old when he disappeared more than a decade ago. She hasn't seen or heard from him since a Wednesday evening dinner. "I know that evening it had started to rain and it rained the whole week," she recalled.

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    Nathan's Mom holding a picture of her missing son

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    Oct 2013
    So heartbreaking. Seems like an obvious suicide to me.

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    I agree, leilarose. I have always felt this was a suicide and his body has never been found. It seems like White Bear Lake is surrounded by forest areas and there's a large lake as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagnoliaMountain View Post
    I agree, leilarose. I have always felt this was a suicide and his body has never been found. It seems like White Bear Lake is surrounded by forest areas and there's a large lake as well...
    Have they used cadaver dogs? I wonder if there have been studies on where people commit suicide/what relationship they usually have to these places.

    I wonder if the mother knew certain places her son liked to walk, where he liked to be contemplative, etc etc? I wonder if his family was very religious, very anti-suicide (in a religious way) and so he wanted to make it so his body would NEVER be found. It would be good if the mom could come here and answer some questions. I wonder if there's contact info for her. On the missing person thing it says she's still looking for him so I think it would be okay to contact.

    In some of these cases tho, it seems like the parents NEED to believe the kid is still out there and WANT to believe he didn't die by suicide and REFUSE to believe he died by suicide. I wonder if this is one of those cases where the mother wouldn't want to talk to people who believed he committed suicide...

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    Nov 2013
    I knew Nate while I was in highschool. Such a sad case and I am so heartbroken for his mother. Hopefully, something someday breaks in this case.

    Btw, first post...hi. Ive read here for years.

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    Jmedrew, thanks for posting and welcome to Websleuths!

    I just re-read Nate's Charley Project Profile and noticed that the bartender stated he seemed happier that night than during previous visits. Some people grow calm and appear happy just before suicide because they are no longer in conflict over whether or not to live. Maybe that was the case here.

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    Nov 2013
    Thanks for the welcome.

    I never thought of that. But I dont see why he just disappeared, why his body was never found? He seemed to be very close to his family and to put them through this kinda hell? I dunno.

    My nephew just committed suicide last May. He did it for his mom to find him. I think that was more horrible than his suicide. Maybe Nate wanted to avoid that?

    Just thinking outloud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmedrew View Post
    He seemed to be very close to his family and to put them through this kinda hell? I dunno.
    When you're struggling from depression you rather think it wll be a relief for your loved ones when you're finally gone. They just want to end the pain, I guess. Not hurting their loved ones mostly.

    I'm sorry about your loss.

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    Nate has been missing for 16 years this month.

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