Beth Bentley, age 41 of Woodstock, Illinois was reported missing May 20, 2010 It was reported by her son in Woodstock, Illinois however she was last seen in Mount Vernon / Centralia, Illinois.
Beth told her husband she was going with her friend (and employee) Jennifer Wyatt to visit Wyatt's family in Wisconsin for the weekend. The truth was they were both going to a residence in Mount Vernon, Illinois that was being rehabbed.
The house was owned at the time by the Ridge family. The Ridge parents had two sons and a daughter.. They moved out of the Mount Vernon home and in to their new home in Woodstock, Illinois while the house was being rehabbed by their kids so they can sell it. In May 2010 the three Ridge siblings were either residing in MV or going back and forth during the rehabbing. The three in their twenties were all at the MV home that weekend. It is unknown who else was at the house other than Those three, Beth and Jenn. This house is on a beautiful private road concealed by trees that line up the boundaries of the home for privacy. That weekend both of these sons were their to enjoy a bit of partying with Beth and Jenn. Beth had many phone calls with her husband that weekend though he did not know where they really were.
Beth rented a car in Woodstock under her own name. They drove 5 1/2 hours to Mount Vernon together on Thursday Night. Wyatt drove the vehicle back to Woodstock alone without Beth.
Investigating this case we spoke to many people, and it was reported that they were see at Frosty Mug bar, they rented a boat on Rend Lake, they went to IGA (gas station/convenient store).
The third picture on the right is a picture of the back yard of the Mount Vernon home. A self proclaimed psychic believes Beth is buried in the back yard under one of those trees.
Jenn Wyatt stated that she had dropped Beth off at the Centralia train station saying Beth would go home on her own saying Beth was going to meet with someone else. There is no proof known that Beth ever went to the train station, ever boarded a train, or ever was to meet with anyone. The last phone ping was to her husband. Wyatt's story to the police changed as to where she dropped her off and what time she dropped her off, and where Beth said she was going.
The train station in Woodstock is miles away from Beth's residence. No one ever came forward stating they were supposed to pick Beth up at the train station.
Beth's phone activities, bank activities and credit card activities stopped approximately 6PM on Sunday. All of Beth's belongings just vanished. She had a big heavy Vera Wang bag with her and flip flops with a big purse. She packed to go on a 4 day weekend. She took all her belongings with her and no transportation? Was Beth going to walk miles home? Why would Beth have left her car rental with someone who didn't have a drivers license and didn't have consent with the rental agency to drive the vehicle? Why didn't Beth call anyone letting anyone know she was going anywhere? Where is Beth?
It was reported that over the weekend they went to a bar
By Monday morning Jennifer Wyatt returned alone not knowing where Bentley was. Stories have changed and the friend was charged with deception in a police investigation though the charges were dropped. Beth's husband believes she went to Vegas and soonthereafter began a relationship with someone else. Beth's close friends state she would never have left her children behind. Beth's group of friends that were last with her on this trip all became silent. There have been no arrests made. She was last confirmed seen at the house in the pictures in Mount Vernon, Illinois - The friend insists she left Bentley with all her belongings at an Amtrak station in Centralia, Illinois though a ticket was never purchased and no one has seen or heard from Beth since that Sunday. Her credit cards, bank and cell phone has shown no activity.
Through our investigation her friends reported a phone call was made for that house to a tree excavation company on the last day Beth was heard from (on a Sunday). Beth's last phone call was reported to be to her husband.
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