Authorities identified an armless and severely decomposed body found on Tar Pits Beach in Carpinteria as Rachel Bendett. The 41-year-old mother was reported missing in San Diego on March 8 after she did not return to her mother-in-law’s house to pick up her three children. That same day, Bendett’s car was discovered abandoned in a parking area near Santa Claus Beach in Carpinteria, just a few blocks from her parents’ home and several miles north of Tar Pits Beach. According to authorities, there were no signs of foul play in the car, and Bendett’s body did not indicate any blunt trauma or signs of struggle. A comparison of dental records allowed coroners to positively identify Bendett last Monday.

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