Illinois State Police said remains discovered in 2017 belong to Bendetta "Beth" Bentley, a Woodstock woman who was reported missing in 2009 after she was last seen in Southern Illinois.

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According to a Tuesday news release from ISP, officials have positively identified the human remains found Dec. 4, 2017, in rural Jefferson County, as Bentley.

Bentley was reportedly dropped off at the Centralia Amtrak station on May 23, 2010, to take a train home to Woodstock after visiting friends in Mount Vernon. She never got home and was reported missing. 

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The release says information discovered during the investigation led troopers to the rural location in Jefferson County where they found Bentley's remains. According to the Northwest Herald, Bentley's hometown newspaper, the remains had been burned.

ISP said the investigation has been forwarded to the Jefferson County State's Attorney for review but didn't release any more information.

According to previous reporting by The Southern, Bentley was 41 when she disappeared. She was the mother of three children.

— The Southern

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