Searching for closure: Theresa Benn’s friends wait for answers

ANNISTON, Ala. (WIAT) — From searching for Theresa Benn, to searching for answers, the people who love the mother of three are still without closure, after a search party found her body.

Beth Griswould and Cheryl Gamble were at work Saturday, when a volunteer found Benn’s body in a Talladega County creek.

“I’m just trying to make sense of everything that’s been going on,” Griswould said. “I was just hoping and praying that maybe she called somebody, and told them that she was ready to come home and asked them to come pick her up. That’s what I was hoping for.”

“It just kind of crushed me,” Gamble said. “I just really, really hope (Benn) did not suffer. That’s my biggest thing.”

Earlier this month, Griswould and Gamble asked the public to help them find Benn, who had been missing for weeks.

Now, their plea is different.

“I’m relieved that she’s been found, but at the same time, I would love to know who — if anybody — has done something to her,” Griswould said. “They need to be brought to justice.”

“It’s extremely frustrating,” Gamble said. “No answers, and then just hoping that there will be answers. That’s really what I hope for, more than anything.”

Benn’s body is at a forensics lab in Montgomery, awaiting an autopsy and medical identification.

On Tuesday, an investigator with the Lincoln Police Department said a detective had called the lab that afternoon and was told there was still no report.

Until reports become available to investigators, Benn’s death is not being treated as a criminal investigation.

“If you know anything, just come forward and help, so that everybody can have closure on this,” Griswould said.

The Lincoln Police Department still welcomes tips that could help with the death investigation. Investigators can be reached at (205) 763-4065.

Texas Equusearch, the organization which helped find Benn’s body, is also accepting tips at (281) 309-9500.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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