Police Investigators Checking Remains Found December 4 for Connection to Case of Missing Woodstock Woman

Police investigators are investigating whether human remains found in downstate Jefferson County are connected to a 2010 missing person case involving Benedetta “Beth” Bentley of Woodstock. Investigators are working to identify the suspected human remains, which were “badly burned,” according to police.

Benedetta “Beth” Bentley, age 41 on May 23, 2010, was dropped off by a friend at an Amtrak station in Centralia, Illinois before heading back to her home in Woodstock. Benedetta “Beth” Bentley did not return home and has been missing ever since, according to Woodstock police.

Illinois State Police announced on Thursday that “information was developed” in the case. Police proceeded to a rural location in Jefferson County, where the suspected human remains and other evidence were recovered on December 4, 2017. Centralia, Illinois is located in Jefferson County and also Marion, Clinton and Washington counties, about 300 miles south of Woodstock, Illinos.

Any citizens with information about the case, or possibly Bentley’s current whereabouts, are urged to contact Illinois State Police at 618-542-2171 or the Woodstock Police Department at 815-338-2131.

Benedetta "Beth" Bentley of Woodstock -- Poster

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