North American Missing Persons Network
Madeline Benitez

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Above Image: Benitez, circa 2011

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 29, 2011 from Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 22, 1947
  • Age: 64 years
  • Height: 5'4"-5'6"
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Green
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: She has brown/graying hair.
  • Medical Conditions: Mental illness.
  • Case Number: 11S-09572

  • Details of Disappearance
    Madeline Benitez, was last seen by coworkers on October 29, 2011 in the area of Clares Street and 41st Avenue in the City of Capitola. A friend reported her disappearance on November 8, at which point it had been nine days since she had last shown up at a part-time job she held in Capitola.

    Officers completed a search of Ms. Benitez’ apartment and did not find any obvious signs of foul play. Benitez had marked off each day on her calendar but the last mark was on Oct. 29.

    Ms. Benitez has a history of mental illness, and has not been taking her prescribed medication. Ms. Benitez may be in the company of an acquaintance named “Randy,” who is believed to be homeless and who frequents the City of Capitola. He is described as a white male adult in his mid 50’s, 5’-08’’ to 5’-10’’ tall, with a slender build and a brown/grey beard.

    Benitez lives at the Redwood Commons apartments, worked one day a week at a Burger King restaurant and attended church every Sunday. Sne is originally from New York City.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Santa Cruz Police Department
    (831) 420-5870

    Source Information
    CA DoJ
    CA DoJ Media Release
    Santa Cruz Sentinel