Authorities are investigating whether suspected human remains found in downstate Jefferson County are connected to a 2010 missing person case in northwest suburban Woodstock.
On May 23, 2010, Benedetta “Beth” Bentley, 41 at the time, was dropped off by a friend at an Amtrak station in Centralia, Illinois to head back to her home in Woodstock, according to Woodstock police. Bentley did not return home and has been missing ever since.
Illinois State Police announced on Thursday that “information was developed,” leading investigators to a rural location in Jefferson County, where suspected human remains and other evidence were recovered on Dec. 4.
Investigators are working to identify the remains, which were “badly burned,” police said.
Anyone with information on Bentley’s whereabouts is asked to contact Illinois State Police at (618) 542-2171 or the Woodstock Police Department at (815) 338-2131.