Authorities continue search for missing ETX teen Monday

Harrison County Sheriff's Office
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 10:36am

Harrison County Sheriff's Office continues to search for a missing 19-year-old girl in deep East Texas.

Authorities are looking for Alicia Benefield, 19, who was reported missing on Friday, March 14 at 4:30 a.m.

Benefield was last seen leaving 5161 Old Town Road in Elysian Fields, Texas after an argument with an occupant at that home.

She was reported missing in Panola County and Harrison County after her vehicle, a blue Dodge Stratus, was found on a county road in DeBerry, Texas.

Benefield is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. She has a light complexion, wears braces, has a nose piercing, and a tattoo that says "Wanda Ree" on her fight forearm.

Over the weekend , Harrison County Sheriff's Deputies along with Shreveport K-9 units searched an area off I-20 in Waskom, Texas. Investigators spent more than 100 hours searching for Benefield.

As of Monday at 9:45 a.m., the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office has gathered trained search teams to continue a search for any evidence regarding Benefield.

Various well-meaning people have contacted the Sheriff’s Office asking for locations to search. The presence of volunteers presents difficulties in the collection of evidence, IF there is evidence to recover. Law enforcement has asked only trained searchers be in areas where the authorities are working. The search will commence as soon as all teams have been briefed and assignments have been designated.

Harrison County officials are also speaking with a person of interest about the incident.

If anyone has any information regarding the disappearance of Alicia they are asked to call Harrison County Sheriff's Office at 903-923-4000. 

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