Texas police name 'person of interest' in DeBerry woman's disappearance
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
On Monday, Texas police identified Rodris Webster, 25, as a person-of-interest in the recent disappearance of a 19 year-old woman. The woman, Alicia Benefield, of , Texas, was reported missing on Friday.
Webster is described as Benefield's boyfriend. He was arrested in January and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Benefield was the complainant in that charge according to media reports. Webster remained jailed until Benefield dropped the charge on March 5.
Police investigators inspected a trash dumpster located in the nearby town ofon Sunday morning. In it they reportedly found Webster's wet, muddy with Benefield's keys in the pocket. Police interviewed Webster for 5 hours on Sunday, but released him around 6pm. The woman, still missing on Tuesday morning, is described as , about 110 pounds, with a nose piercing and a tattoo on one arm saying "Wanda Ree". She was last seen wearing a white sweater and brown tights.
A police official told reporters Webster had not confessed to any criminal activity: "The story is out there that he has confessed and we do not have a confession". Benefield's mother told reporters she expects her daughter to call her. "She is going to call. I'm going to be the first one she calls, matter of fact. I don't care how mad she think[s] I am. She's going to call me."
- Marshall Stephens. "Person of interest identified in disappearance of East Texas woman" — , March 17, 2014
- Stephanie Claytor. "Search continues for DeBerry teen;boyfriend being questioned" — , March 17, 2014