Three years ago today, a then 41-year-old Benedetta “Beth” Bentley of Woodstock was allegedly dropped off at the Amtrak station in Centralia, never to be seen or heard from again.
Beth reportedly left Woodstock on Friday, May 21, 2010, with her friend and coworker Jennifer Wyatt-Paplham, also known as Jenn Wyatt. The two are believed to have driven all night in a white 2009 Nissan Altima rental car to Mt. Vernon where they were to spend the weekend with brothers Nathan and Ryan Ridge.
Wyatt told police she dropped Beth at the Centralia Amtrak station on Sunday, May 23, 2010, to catch a train to Chicago. However, no one can place the 5’6″ blonde, brown-eyed Beth at the station, and there is no proof she ever boarded the train.
While there have been no solid leads publicized in this case, it certainly has been active.
Charges filed against Wyatt
In 2012, Wyatt was charged with two counts obstruction of justice, after police determined she had lied about Beth going to take a train. Wyatt then said that while she did drop Beth at the station, the missing woman had no intention of boarding a train, but was instead going to meet a friend.
Police also said phone records also indicated that Wyatt had called Beth’s phone multiple times after May 25, 2010, the last time she said she had contact with her friend. One of the calls, say police, lasted five minutes, although they cannot prove if it was Beth who answered the call.
Charges against Wyatt were ultimately dismissed, with the judge finding that even if she had lied, prosecutors couldn’t prove she’d acted with the intent to prevent apprehension or obstruct prosecution or defense of anyone.
Beth left behind three sons who anguish over their mother’s disappearance, and her loved ones say it would be uncharacteristic of her to abandon her children. She also left behind her husband Scott, an attorney, and for who she worked as a secretary.
Sadly, Beth’s father Ron Rogers, passed away in March. He had delayed plans to move to Arizona and stayed in Woodstock to be there for his grandsons as they search for answers to Beth’s disappearance.
Beth’s family continues to seek answers to what happened to her that fateful weekend three years ago. If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Benedetta “Beth” Rogers Bentley, please contact the Woodstock Police Department at (815) 338-2131 or call anonymously to 800-762-7867.
It is believed Beth was last seen wearing blonde hair extensions, a black tank top, blue denim miniskirt, flip-flops, a Pandora bracelet, wedding ring, and possibly a silver Tiffany necklace. She was reportedly carrying a large white purse and a dark Vera Bradley overnight bag covered with large pink and orange flowers.