Santiago Hamiez Benitez

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Above: Benitez, circa 2001

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 6, 2001 from Potomac, Maryland
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: 1976
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'1, 190 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Benitez's has a tattoo of his name, Santiago Benitez, across his back and chest. Three dragons are tattooed on his left leg.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Benitez resided in the 8100 block of Inverness Ridge Drive in Potomac, Maryland. He spoke to his family members on October 6, 2001 and said that he was planning to visit a friend in New York. Benitez has never been heard from again. He never arrived at his friend's house as expected. His family says it is uncharacteristic of Benitez to leave without warning. He was driving his silver 1999 Mercedes CLK340 with the Maryland license plate number JWN-591 at the time of his disappearance.

    Benitez was reported as a missing person on February 5, 2002. His vehicle was discovered abandoned near Route 108 and Tucker Lane at approximately 9:45 a.m. on June 4, 2002. The car was parked near the Montgomery County/Howard County, Maryland line. Investigators located evidence of a small fire at the scene and accelerant had been poured over the vehicle. There was no indication of foul play, however, and bloodhounds were not able to trace any scent away from the vehicle. There was no sign of Benitez at the scene where the car was found.

    Authorities said that they have not uncovered evidence of foul play in Benitez's case, but ruled his disappearance is suspicious.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Montgomery County Police Department
    301-279-8000

    OR
    Montgomery County Police Department
    1st District Investigative Section
    301-279-1602

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    Source Information
    Montgomery County Police Department
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