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Dumpster discovery in Waskom prompts search for missing DeBerry woman

Posted: Updated: March 16, 2014 04:55 PM
Alicia Benefield, 19 (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office) Alicia Benefield, 19 (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)
Investigators were called to the Food Mart/Burger King off I-20 in Waskom Sunday morning, after family members say they found the former boyfriend's soaked and muddied hoodie in the dumpster with Benefield's keys in the pocket. Investigators were called to the Food Mart/Burger King off I-20 in Waskom Sunday morning, after family members say they found the former boyfriend's soaked and muddied hoodie in the dumpster with Benefield's keys in the pocket.
Deputies and K9 units are searching an area along the I20 service road just west of Waskom. Deputies and K9 units are searching an area along the I20 service road just west of Waskom.
Alicia Benefield, 19 (Source: Pamela Roquemore) Alicia Benefield, 19 (Source: Pamela Roquemore)
WASKOM, TX (KSLA) -

A Shreveport Fire Department K9 Search and Rescue Unit has joined the search in Harrison County for a DeBerry woman reported missing since Friday.

Family members say 19-year-old Alicia Benefield was last seen with her ex-boyfriend at his house on Old Town Road in Elysian Fields around 3:30 a.m. Friday. Benefield had been escorted away from a party earlier that morning. Deputies say she had been asked to leave. Her car was found about 4 hours later parked at DeBerry Baptist Church. "The window was down, and her purse and her phone were there, but her keys were not," says Benefield's mother, Tomekia Hudson. 

When she did not show up for work on Friday evening in Carthage, she was reported missing to the Harrison County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators were called to the Food Mart/Burger King off I-20 in Waskom Sunday morning, after family members say they found the former boyfriend's soaked and muddied hoodie in the dumpster with Benefield's keys in the pocket.

Lt. Floyd Duncan confirms the former boyfriend's vehicle was found left on the side of I20 nearby. He reportedly told them he left it there after it got stuck in the mud.

Harrison County deputies are interviewing a persons of interest in the case. Because he has not been arrested or named as a suspect, no names have been released.

Family members say they were told by police that the boyfriend told them he left the car there and headed to the Food Mart, believing someone was following him.

Family members say it was that information that what led them to the Food Mart, where they were told the boyfriend showed up and removed his hoodie. That's when they say they searched the dumpster and found the hoodie with the keys in the pocket.  

Now, Harrison County Sheriff's Deputies and the Shreveport K9 unit are searching an area off of I20 west of the Food Mart. According to Lt. Duncan, the K9 tracking and K9 dogs were requested from Shreveport so that the area could be searched for any sign of Benefield, and they are asking that anyone with information on her whereabouts contact the Harrison County Sheriff's Department at (903) 923-4000 or Harrison County Crime Stoppers at (903) 925-9969.

"If anybody has any information or knows where she is we just want you to contact us because we are very concerned," said Hudson.

Benefield is described as petite in size, weighing about 110 pounds with a nose piercing and a" Wanda Ree" tattoo on her left arm. She was last seen wearing brown tights with a white sweater.

Authorities haven't confirmed if Benefield's ex-boyfriend is a suspect in her disappearance.

"If he's done something to my child he needs to let us know. He needs to come clean and let us know. I just want to know where my baby is," Hudson says.

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