June 3rd, 2010
05:56 PM ET

Mom Missing After Weekend Getaway


Police in Illinois are seeking help in finding a mother of three who vanished after a weekend getaway with a long-time friend.

Bennedetta “Beth” Bentley, 41, has not been seen or heard from since May 23, police said.

“We are concerned that she’s been gone for so long without contact,” Woodstock Police Chief Robert W. Lowen told CNN. “Disturbing matters, to say the least.”

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In a phone interview, Scott Bentley said he’s always been in constant contact with his wife. “She has never not come back,” he told CNN. “She has never not called me. This is very unusual,” he added.

According to investigators, Bentley left her house on Thursday, May 20 to spend the weekend with a girlfriend in southern Illinois. Her friend was expected to drive her back home on May 24, police said.

But Bentley’s friend told detectives she drove her to a train station in Centralia, Illinois, on May 23, Police Chief Lowen said. “We don’t know why that decision was made to take the train back to the Chicago area,” Lowen added. “Doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason that they would do that.”

“The only information we have from the friend is that she dropped her off at this train station, probably about a half-hour before the train departed,” Lowen said. “She never saw her get on the train.”

“We’ve been working with Amtrak police to see if the ticket has ever been purchased. We have no information that the ticket was ever purchased,” Lowen told CNN.

Scott Bentley, who is an attorney, said his wife works with him as a legal aide. He also said she never would have her stepson’s high school graduation ceremony, which was held last weekend.

“We were the closest couple in the world,” Bentley said. “She told me she loved me, ten, twenty times a day and I did the same thing.”

“I have no idea what happened to my wife. I hope to God there is no foul play. If she did have some issues that I didn’t know about, then I would hope she just did run away, but she would never not contact her family. It’s just we don’t know what happened.”

A Facebook page has been created to raise awareness about Bentley’s disappearance. ( put this link where it says “facebook page” - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=122739057758360 )

Bennedetta “Beth” Bentley is 5’6”, weighs 160 lbs., and has blonde hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black tank top shirt, a blue jean mini skirt, and carrying a large white purse and pink and orange overnight bag.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Woodstock Police Department at 815-338-2131.

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