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Police Continue to Ask for Leads

Dothan, AL - Multiple law enforcement agencies have searched for more than two years to locate a man accused of murder. The Dothan Police Department continues to ask for the public's help.

Sergeant Will Glover with the Dothan Police Department says, “We've spoken to his mother several times over the last two-and-a-half years. Obviously, she is in a lot of pain and has gone through a lengthy grieving period and would like a little bit more closure on it. “

On November 13, 2008, police say Cornelius Benton and his accomplice Tawuan Townes shot and killed Chris Woods during a robbery on Blackshear Street. Benton has eluded police for over two years now.

Townes was found guilty in early March and will be sentenced later this month, but police are still diligently exploring leads for Benton.

Sergeant Glover says, “We're trying to get him picked up so he can have his day in court like his co-defendants have already done. “

Police say Benton was last seen in Andalusia in November of 2010. They have reason to believe he fled to Crestview, Florida, and from there they are just not sure.

Now investigators say they've exhausted all leads.

This is where you come in.

“Right now it's a 5-thousand dollar reward, for information that leads to the arrest of him, and we really need the public's assistance in locating him,” says Sergeant Glover.

If you do know of Benton’s whereabouts police urge you to be very cautious, and call your local law enforcement.

“This particular murder was very brutal. He's considered to be armed and dangerous. They should not make any effort to try and contact him or let him know that they know who he is at all,” explains Sergeant Glover.

Benton has remained a top priority for police, and the US Marshalls have been involved in multiple attempts to help locate him.

Officials say they've simply just come up short on information, and really need new leads from the public.

If you know anything that could help in the investigation call CrimeStoppers at 793-7000.


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