Benitez, a single mother of three, was discovered about 15 feet off the Mata Grande Road 3 ½ miles north of San Pedro Town on Saturday morning, January 17th. She was in an advanced state of decomposition, and as such doctors performed the postmortem onsite.
The body was pronounced dead at 5:47 p..m and had bruises to the face, neck and back. The postmortem examination found that the body had multiple blunt force injuries to the right side of face, to the neck and back and restraining type injuries to the shoulders and inner thigh, however, the cause of death could not be determined. Police suspect Benitez was murdered and disposed of in the uninhabited area.
Benitez had been missing since Monday, January 12th after she left her place of employment highly intoxicated. Friends became concerned and organized a search party which ended with the discovery of her body.
Because of the state of the body she was buried immediately after the postmortem. Police continue their investigation.