Friday, December 15, 2017

If it's Beth ...

If the Illinois State Police are able to confirm that the remains found on a rural property in Jefferson County, Ill. are those of Beth Bentley, it certainly will create an interesting situation for Jennifer Wyatt-Paplham.

As you may recall, Jenn told police that she drove Beth to the Centralia (Ill.) Amtrak Station on Sunday afternoon, May 23, 2010. Police charged Jenn with Obstruction of Justice after they believed she had spoken with Beth on May 25. Those charged were dropped.

While speculation is rampant that the remains could be Beth's, one needs to remember that the police usually do not associate the finding of remains with any particular missing person, until a positive identification has been made.

How long can it take to identify the remains?

Hopefully, the Illinois State Police will soon release the rural location. That will go a long way in raising or lowering hopes.

Beth Bentley Probate filed in August

When I posted yesterday about the news release pertaining to suspected human remains in Jefferson County, Illinois, which includes the Mount Vernon area, I made an assumption that the Illinois State Police had made the news release. I first found it on the Facebook page for Illinois State Police District 13 (DuQuoin), after a southern Illinois follower of this blog emailed me.

Upon reflection I paid closer attention to the Woodstock, Ill. source line, and then the Northwest Herald published the release at 4:37PM yesterday.

The remains were found, according to the article, on December 4 at an as-yet undisclosed rural location in Jefferson County. At this time it is unknown to me whether the remains were found on the property visited by Beth and Jenn Wyatt during their get-away week-end in May 2010.

In the past, when remains have been found in southern Illinois, law enforcement officials were careful not to associate them with a name of a missing person until a positive identification could be made.

The news release repeats the "Amtrak story" that many quickly felt was "fake news". I think there is only one person on the planet who thinks that Beth went to Centralia to take a train to Chicago, and I wonder whether she really believes it. That story would be a good subject for a polygraph.

Several years ago pieces of a burned brassiere were found in a burn pit by a downstate woman who was searching for Beth. I never learned at the time if the pieces were turned over to law enforcement authorities.

On August 22 I wrote a long article on this blog about Beth and mentioned the seven-year statute for filing a Presumption of Death Petition. At that time there was no record in the McHenry County Circuit Court online records of any legal activity beyond attempts in 2012 and 2014 by two apparent creditors to collect monies owed by Beth.

On August 28 a court filing (17PR000295) was made to open Beth's Probate Estate. Reading of this filing yesterday caused me to wonder when, or if, a Petition for a Presumption of Death Determination had been filed, heard or granted. You can follow this case on

On October 24 a Motion of some type was filed in this case.

On December 1 a Motion was filed and granted for a Protective Order. I've been watching court cases for years and this is the first time I've seen a Protective Order in an estate matter.

On December 5 a Hearing was conducted by Judge Chmiel on a Petition pertaining to Administration of the Estate. Could this be the Presumption of Death Petition?

On December 21 at 9:30AM Judge Chmiel will hear more on a/the Petition pertaining to Administration.

On October 16, 2018 Judge Chmiel will conduct a conference in the Estate matter. This is probably scheduled as a routine court date six weeks before a normal Estate closing hearing.

If there is a local reader who would like to go to the courthouse and read the October 24, December 1 and December 5 Motions, I would appreciate your assistance. If I were in McHenry County, I would go. I don't need copies of the Motions, unless they warrant close inspection. They are available online through a paid-for subscription that attorneys maintain.

Please contact me for authorization regarding a purchase of any court documents. Confidentiality assured. Email or call 847/971-7083.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Possible news - Beth Bentley Disappearance in 2010

The following new item appears on the Facebook page for the Illinois State Police District 13 DuQuoin. It seems to me that they must have a pretty strong feeling that the remains could be Beth's, or they would not mention a name at all. Click on the link to go directly to the original ISP Facebook posting. If you are not reading this on December 14, scroll to the December 14th postings.

There are many articles on this blog about Beth, who went missing in May 2010. Rather than re-hash them at this time, you can search on this blog for "Bentley" and read them, if you wish to do so.

It has been my contention for seven years that there are more than a few people in Woodstock and in McHenry County who know exactly what happened to Beth.

27 mins · 
Woodstock, Illinois – The Illinois State Police (ISP) and Woodstock Police Department (WPD) are seeking additional information related to the 2010 disappearance of Benedetta “Beth” Bentley.
On May 23, 2010, a friend reportedly dropped off Beth Bentley at an Amtrak Station in Centralia, Illinois. Bentley was reportedly taking a train back to her home located in Woodstock, Illinois. Bentley did not return home and was reported missing. Information was developed which led the ISP to a rural location in Jefferson County. On December 4, 2017, suspected human remains were recovered at the location. Investigators are working to positively identify the remains which were badly burned. The ISP and Woodstock PD are actively investigating Bentley’s disappearance.
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Benedetta “Beth” Bentley is encouraged to contact the ISP at 618-542-2171 or the WPD at 815-338-2131.
This is still an open and ongoing investigation. No further information is available
Jefferson County is where the house was that Beth and Jenn Wyatt supposedly spent the week-end with two brothers with Woodstock family relatives. This may turn out to be another false alarm. Expect more information on the ISP page.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Boycott Progressive Insurance?

Are you insured by Progressive Insurance?

If so, you'll want to read what Dennis Prager has to say about George Soros and Peter Lewis, who is the chairman of Progressive Insurance.

Read it here:

How do you feel about these efforts to destroy America?


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Best police recruiting video

You have to go to New Zealand to find the world's best police recruiting video. American cities have tried their own, but they won't top this one. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

More comments on Beth Bentley Disappearance

If you are following the saga of Beth Bentley, please visit this earlier posting on March 20, 2017 and the comments being added to this article.

Beth Bentley - 7+ years

A reader just submitted this comment to a March article here about Beth Bentley, who vanished under suspicious circumstances in May, 2010.

Fourever has left a new comment on your post "What reatully happened to Beth Bentley?": 

I wrote this in 2012, but I don't think anyone read/seen it. : Hi, I am just hearing about this now, so I haven't been following the news for this whole time. First, let me say I am very sorry, and second, I hope that something is found out VERY soon! enough is enough! I do have a question about something that I read in one of the articles (been reading them for the last few hours). OK, so it was said that Jenn and Beth took a rental car to Mt. Vernon. If that is true, there would be records of it. It would HAVE to have been reserved using a drivers liscense and I think a credit card. Now I do believe, the milage is documented when the cars are released and when they are returned. I do believe that it is even if you have unlimited milage. So with that being said, you would be able to see if the milage added up with a round trip and other driving (like out to dinner/pub and the train station) from the time she picked up the car til she dropped it back off. Also, did I read correctly that just a few months after she has been missing, the husband threw away her stuff?? WHY? I can maybe understand putting some things away (although, I have a hard time with that too). There are families that keep things as they were for years, look at the true story about the girl that was taken from her family for (I think) 18 years. I have so many questions, why doesn't her close friend Jenn? and what about the 2 guys they spent the weekend with... why aren't they wondering where she is... nevermind her husband... OK, so he is hurt that she lied about going to Wisc., but she is gone?? why don't you move heaven and earth to find her? you have a child together!! What about that poor boy! he doesn't deserve answers? Sorry...didn't mean to get going on a rant. Like I said, I have many questions. And again, I apologize for not knowing about this sooner. Oh, and WHY would she be in California? Why would she leave EVERYTHING behind and never look back? AND, who is this guy she was taking the train to go see? why isn't there ANY info on him? she would have had to be talking to him one way or another, texting, facebook, emails... dating sites...I mean come on...we are in the technology can't get away with anything anymore. and her husband is a lawyer and has lawyer friends...they can certainly find out a lot of things their 'own' way. I know I am not the first person to come up with these questions, I would just like to know the answers to them. Are they out there? the answers? I don't know if you reply to these messages, but I hope you do. 
Thanks for taking the time to read all of this. 

All are good questions and, so far, all are unanswered. Did the Woodstock Police carefully investigate the rental car? Were they able to retrieve access to it quickly enough after it was returned? Probably not. I suspect Beth's disappearance wasn't classified as a possible crime until some time later, if ever. Why would Beth park her car in Jenn's garage and then rent a car for the roadtrip. Either they planned to enjoy a newer car or wanted to hide the actual mileage for the week-end.

Beth had a driver's license. Jenn did not have a valid license, so the car must have been rented in Beth's name.

Seven years have passed. Is a court being petitioned to have her declared dead? This would allow filing for Social Security benefits for their son and a claim for life insurance proceeds. Does such a petition have to be filed in the court of last residence (McHenry County) or can it be filed in any Illinois county?

So many questions. So few answers.