Locals react to missing Alzheimer's patient body found

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Saturday Feb. 15, 2014

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW)- Luberda Jenkins lives across the street from where Arletha Bennett's body was found. She says her brother went to the home to drop off a bag of clothes, then went to the door of the laundry room but couldnt get it open.

"They tried to push the door open and when they pushed it open they got it about 6 to 7 inches they saw this foot," said Jenkins.

That's when Jenkins went over there.

"I knew it was a body so I was the one that called 911," said Jenkins.

Bennet had been missing since January 17th. People were sweeping the city searching for her. Rewards were offered and missing signs everywhere. Her body was found on the same street she lived on, just a few houses down.

"This is a sad day," said Lucious Abrams.

"The whole community is just hurt and overwhelmed," said Abrams.

Arletha Bennet beloved by many, and people came together once again covering the scene, trying to find out what happened.

"She was the most kindest, loving individual, who taught school all her life," said Abrams.

Waynesboro police and GBI investigating all day.
Jenkins says as of now only God knows what happened, but she doesn't believe the homeowner has anything to do with it.

"I'm glad that she's been found. You know that will be a page closed in this chapter, but I'm very sorry that she had to be found like this and dead," said Jenkins.

Police say no suspects have been taken into custody. The cause of her death is unknown, and the case is still under investigation by the Waynesboro Police Department, GBI, and Burke County Coroner's office.

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