Courtesy: Facebook (From left to right - Lauren, Allie & Emily Bennett)
MILLSBORO, Del. - Family and friends of 35-year-old Millsboro wife and mother, Nicole Bennett, are now preparing for her memorial service Wednesday afternoon.
Maryland State Police admit they have their eyes on a number of persons of interest in her murder case, but they still need witnesses will come forward. If you have any information that might help investigators in this case, call Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.
But overall, few new details are being released at this time.
Although investigators are being tight lipped, the father-in-law of the victim, Bob Bennett, shares with WMDT details on how the family is doing amidst this tragedy. "We're all angry," Bennett admits, speaking for the family during this difficult time. "She was stolen from us.
"We have so many people that love Nicole, and so many people that love us in our church family. So we're holding up."
Bennett says his son Kevin, Nicole's husband, is taking time off from work to be with the couple's 3 children: 11-year-old Lauren, 8-year-old Emily, and 15-month-old Allie. "It's heartbreaking," Bennett confesses emotionally. "I mean, the 11-year old, it's the toughest, she's the oldest. The 8 year old, they both cried a lot. They saw their mother last night, and it was kind of a goodbye, you know."
Nicole was a member of Bay Shore Community Church in Gumboro and even worked there as director of the child care center. And it was here, that Bob Bennett says Nicole was working the night she disappeared, making labels. He tells WMDT Nicole had actually called him and left a message on his phone that night, asking him for addresses. He says his son also got a call...Nicole saying she would be home late.
"He just assumed," recalls Bennett, "like all of us would, that everything was fine. She's working at a church."
But when Nicole didn't come home Thursday night, Kevin called police that next morning. He reportedly told investigators he found her car still parked in the church parking lot. That same Friday morning, deputies discovered Nicole Bennett's body 5 miles away, just over the state line, in a secluded area of Worcester County.
This was a shock to friends and family who describe Nicole as a woman with no enemies. "Very kind hearted, loving, woman," states the grieving father-in-law, "that we're all going to miss dearly."
Wednesday at 2pm, family and friends will gather in Gumboro for the Memorial Service and Celebration of Nicole Bennett's life which will take place at The Bay Shore Community Church on Route 113. After that, her body will be flown to Nebraska for a funeral mass and burial.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the "Nicole Reiser Memorial Fund". The account has been set up at the Millsboro Branch of WSFS Bank. You can mail your donations to: The Nicole Reiser Bennett Memorial Fund; c/o WSFS Bank, Millsboro Branch; 26644 Center View Drive; Millsboro, DE 19966.
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