Illinois State Police to assist in Bentley investigation

Beth Bentley the 41-year-old mother of 3 has been missing since May 23.
Beth Bentley the 41-year-old mother of 3 has been missing since May 23.

WOODSTOCK – The Illinois State Police now are assisting in the investigation of missing Woodstock woman Beth Bentley, a development that offers a glimmer of hope for her husband in uncovering what happened to her.

Illinois State Police in Zone 7 in downstate Illinois are assisting Woodstock police with the investigation and following up on any leads, ISP public information officer Isaiah Vega said.

However, Woodstock police officials said there was no new information regarding Bentley’s whereabouts. She last was seen seven months ago in downstate Centralia.

While police continue the investigation, Bentley’s husband, Scott, is trying to carry on with life as best he can.

“We’re trying to be as normal as possible,” Scott Bentley said of his family. “Life doesn’t stop. We’ve got bills to pay, you’ve got to do your homework, go to school. … You have to just do those things. We’ve been able to make it through.”

No one has seen or heard from Beth Bentley since May 23, when her friend, Jenn Wyatt, dropped her off near an Amtrak station in Centralia. Beth Bentley and Wyatt were in the Mount Vernon area visiting Wyatt’s boyfriend, who was rehabbing
a house there. Beth Bentley was supposed to take a train to Chicago, although neither Amtrak nor the authorities could confirm that she ever boarded the train.

Beth Bentley’s phone and credit cards have not been used since her disappearance.

“That’s why we all think that, unfortunately, that she didn’t leave voluntarily,” Scott Bentley said. “She has three children, including one young one that’s 10. And first of all, if you have no money, no credit cards that are being used, no phone, it just doesn’t seem that you would miss birthdays, graduations, sporting events, Christmas. I just don’t think that you would disappear like that.”

Police are considering all options, including that she was harmed, abducted or chose to leave on her own.

“It’s just a very bizarre case, and it’s strange,” Scott Bentley said. “There’s nothing, absolutely nothing.”

Scott Bentley said he was in contact with his wife many times during the weekend of her disappearance. The last time was about 4 p.m., when Beth Bentley told him that she would see him that night or the next morning.

“It just doesn’t seem like that was anything that was planned,” Scott Bentley said.

Scott and Beth Bentley have been married for six years. She has three children, including a 10-year-old son with Scott.

“They’re all very strong people, and they’re doing wonderfully under the circumstances,” Scott Bentley said of the boys.

As Scott Bentley sits, waits and watches lead after lead fizzle out, he can’t do anything but hope for some answers.

“You have no other choice, just move forward and be normal, and at some point, you know, we’re just hoping for some type of conclusion, some type of answer,” he said.

A $5,000 reward remains available for anyone with information leading to her whereabouts.

For information or to help, visit www.bethismissing.com or the Facebook group “Beth Bentley ...Missing Woodstock, IL Woman!”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Woodstock Police Department at 815-338-2131.

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