A number of women readers on the Facebook pages have gotten all bent out of shape about action, or lack of action, by the law enforcement agencies in southern Illinois that are involved in one way or another with the Beth Bentley disappearance.
They want southern Illinois searched foot-by-foot, starting with Miller Lake and covering every square foot of Mt. Vernon, Centralia and Jefferson County. Yet there are no solid leads for the cops and the deputies to follow.
It is the Woodstock Police Dept. (WPD) that labeled Beth as "missing-endangered" on June 9. Now, please understand what the WPD means by "endangered;" it means, "a person who is missing under circumstances indicating that his/her physical safety may be in danger."
That is a direct quote from the WPD. It is a throw-away definition - it tells the reader nothing. All is does is create unnecessary alarm. The WPD will not say what circumstances, if any, cause it to label Beth as "endangered."
Thus, readers are left to their imaginations, which are all running in Overdrive. Read the definition again: it says "MAY be in danger"; not "is in danger." It's a CYA action by the WPD.
Maybe WPD never should have used "endangered" in its June 9 press release without explaining just what it means by "endangered."
Common usage of the term, when associated with missing persons, is because the person left without taking necessary medications, such as for diabetes or bipolar disorder or asthma or blood pressure. No adverse health condition is reported about Beth.
The term is also used for persons who cannot care for themselves, such as a person suffering from depression or dementia or thought to be suicidal. None of those applies to Beth.
Did Beth just "take off"? If so, what is she using for funds? The photos of Beth indicate to me that she is not low-maintenance. I don't have a picture in my mind that she's living in a tent or under a bridge somewhere. Hair, nails, skin care, clothing, shoes, food, shelter. All those things cost money. A lot of money.
My money is bet that there are persons who know what happened to her. If she just took off, somebody knows about it.
If ill befell her, the person(s) who know about it will begin changing some habits. Those around them will notice. They may become panicky. They may be drinking more or using more drugs. They may be losing sleep and gaining or losing weight. Hair may start to fall out. Even the hair of a woman accomplice might begin to thin.
There is no such thing as the perfect crime...