Bond set at $1M for boyfriend of missing East Texas teen found m - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Bond set at $1M for boyfriend of missing East Texas teen found murdered

Alicia Benefield (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office) Alicia Benefield (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)
Rodris Webster in a mugshot from a previous arrest (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office) Rodris Webster in a mugshot from a previous arrest (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)
HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The body of a missing East Texas woman has been recovered by authorities.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Office recovered the body of Alicia Benefield, 19, of DeBerry, Tuesday evening.  Sheriff's officials said Benefield's boyfriend, Rodris Webster, led investigators to that location.

Benefield's body was found near the intersection of Farm to Market Road 31 and Elysian Fields Road in Marshall. Authorities are still conducting an investigation at the scene.

Benefield was last seen driving along Highway 31 into Panola County around 1 a.m. Friday. She had been escorted away from a party early Friday morning by sheriff's deputies. Harrison County authorities say she had been asked to leave the party.

Her car was found about four hours later parked at DeBerry Baptist Church.

On Sunday, investigators found a muddy hoodie and keys in a dumpster behind the Food Mart off of I-20 in Waskom. Investigators confirmed the hoodie belongs to her boyfriend, Rodris Webster. The keys were determined to be Benefield's.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Office identified Rodris Webster, 25, as a person of interest in the disappearance. He was questioned for several hours by Harrison County Sheriff's Deputies Monday, but was later released.

Family members have said Webster and Benefield had a violent relationship. Webster had been arrested at least once before, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released from jail March 5, after Benefield dropped the charge.

Harrison County Sheriff's Office Public Information Office Jay Webb says Webster was arrested on January 5 on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The complaint that led to that charge was filed by Benefield. Webster remained in the Harrison County Jail until March 5, when Benefield dropped the charge.

Webster was booked into the Harrison County Jail Tuesday night on a charge of murder related to the death of Alicia Benefield and a charge of felon in possession of a firearm. His bond has been set at $1.015 million.

Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Pine Belt represented in Miss Mississippi 2018

    Pine Belt represented in Miss Mississippi 2018

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:18 PM EDT2018-06-20 21:18:23 GMT

    Forty-nine contestants are vying for the coveted title of Miss Mississippi 2018 and nine of the young women are representing the Pine Belt. Preliminaries for the pageant kicked off June 20 and will end on June 23.  This year’s theme is “Simply the Best,” which is what contestants are trying to prove in order to win the crown. The City of Vicksburg welcomed participants on Sunday with Mayor George Flaggs speaking to the group.  The pageant consists of inte...

    More >>

    Forty-nine contestants are vying for the coveted title of Miss Mississippi 2018 and nine of the young women are representing the Pine Belt. Preliminaries for the pageant kicked off June 20 and will end on June 23.  This year’s theme is “Simply the Best,” which is what contestants are trying to prove in order to win the crown. The City of Vicksburg welcomed participants on Sunday with Mayor George Flaggs speaking to the group.  The pageant consists of inte...

    More >>
  • Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage

    Beer may lack fizz in Europe amid carbon dioxide shortage

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 6:51 AM EDT2018-06-20 10:51:23 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:12 PM EDT2018-06-20 21:12:40 GMT
    (Nigel French/PA via AP). England supporters celebrate Harry Kane's winning goal as fans watch the World Cup soccer match between Tunisia and England at the Lord Raglan Pub in London, Monday, June 18, 2018.(Nigel French/PA via AP). England supporters celebrate Harry Kane's winning goal as fans watch the World Cup soccer match between Tunisia and England at the Lord Raglan Pub in London, Monday, June 18, 2018.
    A British trade group says there's a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern Europe _ sparking fears that drinks may lack fizz just as thirsty soccer fans fill pubs for the World Cup.More >>
    A British trade group says there's a shortage of carbon dioxide in Northern Europe _ sparking fears that drinks may lack fizz just as thirsty soccer fans fill pubs for the World Cup.More >>
  • Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of US adults light up

    Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of US adults light up

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:10:52 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:04 PM EDT2018-06-20 21:04:39 GMT
    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File). FILE - In this June 22, 2012, file photo, a smoker snuffs out a cigarette at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to about 14 percent in 2017, according to new data relea...(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File). FILE - In this June 22, 2012, file photo, a smoker snuffs out a cigarette at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to about 14 percent in 2017, according to new data relea...
    Smoking by US adults hits another all-time low; about 14 percent smoke cigarettes.More >>
    Smoking by US adults hits another all-time low; about 14 percent smoke cigarettes.More >>
Powered by Frankly