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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