Governor Issues $10,000 Reward In Missing Mother, Daughter Case

Governor Issues $10,000 Reward In Missing Mother, Daughter Case

CREATED Jan 29, 2014

ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tenn. – Governor Bill Haslam has issued a $10,000 reward in the cold case disappearance of a Robertson County mother and daughter.

Nearly 10 years after they went missing, the Robertson County Sheriff's Office recently reclassified the disappearance of Jennifer and Adrianna Wix to a homicide.

The new reward brings the total reward for information leading to a conviction up to $27,000.

"The addition of this reward from Governor Haslam's office shows the unity and dedication among state and local law enforcement to the ultimate goal of solving this case and getting justice for Jennifer and Adrianna Wix," said Sheriff Bill Holt. "We appreciate the assistance of District Attorney General John Carney for making the request and the Governor's office for approving it. I believe this is another positive step in encouraging those with information to come forward."

The mom and daughter were reported missing by Jennifer's mother on March 27, 2004.

They had been living in an outbuilding with Jennifer's boyfriend, Joey Benton. Investigators said Benton claimed that Jennifer had asked him to take her to a grocery store in Cross Plains to use the phone on the night of March 25, 2004. Benton told investigators he dropped them off at a local Exxon, and watched from across the street as they got into a white four-door car.

He also told investigators that Jennifer came back to his home the following day, collected her belongings, and said she needed some time away.

Investigators said they were never able to corroborate Benton's claims.

Phone records confirmed the last person who spoke to Jennifer was her father, Michael, who talked with her at approximately 11 a.m. on March 25, 2004.

Michael Wix, of Manchester, told investigators that Jennifer said she had argued with Joey Benton's family and she looked forward to seeing her father at his home the following Sunday.

Since their disappearance, Benton's property in Robertson County has been searched four times, including once when a pond was drained and searched.

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