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Case File 2200DFIN

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Benita Elizabeth Moore Spears
Missing since October 24, 1989 from Gary, Indiana
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Benita Spears was last seen by family and friends on October 24, 1989. A missing person report was filed October 25 by her mother, after she did not report to work the day before. Shortly after a missing persons report was filed, Gary police learned that Benita's ex-husband was seen driving Benita's car. The car was recovered November 29, 1989, at a South Shore Line parking lot in East Chicago.

Spears worked part time for the utilities dispatch center at Inland Steel Company in East Chicago as an employee of Kelly Services. She also was a student at Indiana University Northwest. She had two small children.
Police have facts about a history of domestic violence between her and her ex-husband. In 1988, detectives filed charges against Johnny Spears in the Lake County Prosecutor's Office for confinement of Benita Spears, after Benita told police he had beat her and forced her to drive to several locations in Lake County and Illinois without her consent. He was sentenced to two years on July 13, 1988. Shortly before Benita was declared missing, her ex-husband was released from the Lake County Jail. Foul play is suspected. No charges were ever filed in Benita's disappearance.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Gary Police Department
Detective Nelson Otano

Agency Case Number: 09-69071

Source Information:
Forever Missed
Americas Missing Adults
Post-Tribune (IN) - November 1, 1989
Post-Tribune (IN) - November 12, 1989
Post-Tribune (IN) - August 16, 1990
Post-Tribune (IN) - December 2, 1990

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