I felt really badly last night after writing the article about how the May 2010 Woodstock Police Department report to the City Council had not contained any mention of the Beth Bentley missing-person case. Why? I had tossed a barb at the PD not only for May, but also for my anticipation that they might cop out (no pun intended) and fail to mention the Bentley case in the June 2010 report.
After all, it was a May police case; right? Why mention it in the June report?
When I reviewed the Agenda for last night's City Council meeting, I saw that the June 2010 police department report was indicated as having been transmitted to the City Council. I hadn't noticed it in the City Council packet at the library and wondered if the entry on the Agenda was an error.
So this morning I stopped back at the Library and found the June 2010 P.D. report in the City Council packet for last night's meeting.
In the Investigations Division section there is a short mention of the Beth Bentley case. It says, basically, that many hours have been put in on the case, it's still open, and more hours are to be put in.
Beth Bentley has been missing now for over eight weeks. When the transmittal letter was written on July 9, she had been missing for six weeks. And that's all that can be reported to the City Council and the public?
The case is apparently still classified only as a Missing Person case. I'm trying to learn from the P.D. what "Endangered" means. It shouldn't be a state secret. It's standard police jargon for something, but what?
I would think that "endangered" would be used when a missing person needs medication or has a mental illness or has Alzheimer's or some similar condition. What could "endangered" mean in Beth's case?