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March 18, 2007

Worth County -- The GBI continues their investigation into the murder of a missing Worth County man. After searching for days, the body of 33-year-old Richard Bentley was found buried in some swampy woods near his home.

Mother Patricia Hobensack says she has many questions and concerns about what led to her son's murder. 

Bentley's wife Charlene and stepson Chris Szorcsik are currently in jail, being held on drug charges. The Worth County Sheriff says Szorcsik confessed to the killing and led investigators to his stepfather's body. Bentley's mother believes more than just the stepson were involved.

"I just want him back," said Patricia Hobensack.

Patricia Hobensack is talking about her 33-year-old son Richard Bentley. The Florida woman is in Worth County after hearing the news Bentley was found dead and buried in a woody area off Binns Lane. The sheriff says Bentley's stepson Chris Szorcsik confessed to the crime. Hobensack believes Chris may be covering up for his mother Charlene Bentley's involvement.

"I guarantee you he had help. I just don't know how much help at this point," said Hobensack.

"Charlene's letting him take the fall for the whole thing."

Chris and Charlene are both in jail on drug-related charges.

"She's trying to act like she doesn't know anything about it but I know she is involved with drugs," said Hobensack.

Hobensack says her good-natured son Richard was actually trying to help his wife break the addiction. Hobensack says her son paid for all of Charlene's bills, but didn't give her any money for fear she'd buy drugs with it.

"He was actually trying to help Charlene. I think," said Hobensack.

She says she'll miss how much he cared for others the most.

"He was trying to help people, and he was quiet, but he was a hard worker, and like he's gone," said Hobensack.

Hobensack says she'll remain in Worth County talking to investigators until she sees justice is served for her son's murder.

Worth County Sheriff Freddie Tompkins says Richard Bentley's body was found buried in a secluded wooded area, just two miles east of his home. This after several days of searching for the missing man.

The Sheriff says stepson Chris Szorcsik admitted to him that he stabbed Bentley, then buried him. Szorcsik is not charged with the crime right now.

Here's what led up to Richard Bentley's disappearance.

March 4th, Richard Bentley disappeared from him Flint Lane home in Worth County. That same night step-son Christopher Szorcsik went to the hospital with cuts on his hands.

March 8th, Bentley's mother Patricia Hobensack filed a missing persons report with Worth County law enforcement.

March 11th, Christopher Szorcsik is arrested for having two crack cocaine rocks on him.

March 12th, GBI takes over the investigation from Sheriff's office.

March 16th, Szorcsik tells the Worth County Sheriff he stabbed Bentley and told the Sheriff where he was buried.

March 17th, Investigators find Bentley's body off Binns Lane, buried beneath dirt and pine straw.

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