Loretta Jean <I>McJilton</I> Bowersock

Loretta Jean McJilton Bowersock

Newton, Harvey County, Kansas, USA
Death 13 Dec 2004 (aged 69)
Tempe, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Scattered over a beach in Hawaii
Memorial ID 141275774 · View Source
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Murdered on Dec 13, 2004 her body was found in Pinal County,AZ off Highway 84 and Interstate 10. Her longtime boyfriend Taw Benderly was suspected to have murdered her at their home they shared in Tempe, AZ. He committed suicide about 10 days later by hanging himself in the garage of the home they shared. He is suspected of burying her in the desert and her remains were discovered in a shallow grave by rock collectors on Jan 10, 2006 and confirmed to be her by dental records on Jan 11, 2006. Her remains were cremated and spread on a favorite beach of hers in Hawaii by her daughter Terri and son Scott.

Courtesy of inmaricopa.com online news a look back in history of Maricopa, Pinal County, AZ the following reprint of their oringinal story of Loretta Bowersock.

A look back: Skeletal remains found in Stanfield area identified as Loretta Bowersock
Staff report
January 11, 2015 - 10:05 am

"At approximately 3 p.m. Thursday the Pima County Medical Examiner made a positive identification of the skeletal remains found in the desert near the intersection of Interstate 8 and Highway 84," according to Michael Minter, Pinal County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer. "Dental records provided by the family and the Tempe Police Department were used to identify the body of Loretta Bowersock, 69, of Tempe. The cause of death was asphyxiation."

A 5 p.m. Thursday press conference was held in Florence to provide the details of the investigation. "Following the closure of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office investigation, the case will be turned over to the Tempe Police Department for their on-going investigation," explained Minter.

Randall Johnson discovered the remains at about 4 p.m. Tuesday while walking in the desert. They were partially buried about one and a half miles southwest of the Vija Truckstop, located on Highway 84 near Stanfield.

Bowersock, the mother of Terri Bowersock of Terri's Consign and Design Furnishings, went missing on December 14, 2004. Previously, the daughter had walked Interstate 8 near Stanfield Road, but that search as well as others turned up nothing, neither did flyers or reward money.

Taw Benderly, the elder Bowersock's live-in companion of 18 years, was the main suspect in her disappearance. Police believe that the couple argued over the desperate state of their finances. However, Benderly hanged himself in their garage before sharing any details regarding the whereabouts of the missing Bowersock.


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  • Created by: Steve Franklin
  • Added: 13 Jan 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 141275774
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Loretta Jean McJilton Bowersock (2 Mar 1935–13 Dec 2004), Find a Grave Memorial no. 141275774, ; Maintained by Steve Franklin (contributor 48149377) Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Scattered over a beach in Hawaii.