December 20, 2004
Police on Sunday searched the minivan and hotel room of Taw Benderly, the longtime companion of missing Tempe woman Loretta Bowersock, ABC15 News reported. The minivan was towed away.
The searches came after police checked on Benderly at 11:15 a.m. at the Residence Inn, 801 N. 44th St. in Phoenix, where he has been staying since the couple’s home was searched Wednesday.
Tempe police said they helped Phoenix police do the welfare check after an unidentified family member called police, saying Benderly might be depressed. Benderly was all right, and he was not transported to a hospital or other location.
Benderly is not being called a suspect or a lead and can leave the hotel at any time, authorities told ABC15.
The 69-year-old missing woman is the mother of Terri Bowersock, owner of Terri’s Consign and Design Furnishings.
Loretta Bowersock was last seen Tuesday, when Benderly told police he dropped her off at Dillard’s at Park Place Mall in Tucson at 2 p.m. When he came back to pick her up two hours later, he told police she was not there.
Tucson police combed the mall area with dogs and helicopters. Mall surveillance video does not show her ever entering the store, Terri Bowersock said. About a dozen missing persons and Tempe police homicide detectives executed a search warrant Wednesday on the couple’s home near Southern Avenue and McClintock Drive.
Terri Bowersock pleaded publicly Friday for the public’s help in finding her mother. Tucson police are leading the investigation. Tucson Sgt. Marco Borboa said Sunday there was no new information in the case.
Police are asking anyone with information to call (480) 350-8311.
- ABC15 News contributed to this report.