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Person of interest identified in disappearance of East Texas woman

Alicia Benefield (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office) Alicia Benefield (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)
Rodris Webster in a mugshot from a previous arrest (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office) Rodris Webster in a mugshot from a previous arrest (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)
The dumpster off of I-20 where a muddy hoodie and Benefield's keys were found. The dumpster off of I-20 where a muddy hoodie and Benefield's keys were found.
The Air Land Emergency Resource Team (ALERT), based out of Big Sandy, Texas has arrived in Waskom to assist in the search for Alicia Benefield. The Air Land Emergency Resource Team (ALERT), based out of Big Sandy, Texas has arrived in Waskom to assist in the search for Alicia Benefield.
WASKOM, TX (KSLA/KLTV) -

Authorities have identified a person of interest in the disappearance of an East Texas woman who was reported missing on Friday.

Alicia Benefield, 19, of DeBerry, was last seen driving along Highway 31 into Panola County around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning. Benefield had been escorted away from a party early Friday morning by sheriff's deputies. Harrison County authorities say she had been asked to leave the party.

Her car was found about four hours later parked at DeBerry Baptist Church.

"The window was down, and her purse and her phone were there, but her keys were not," says Benefield's mother, Tomekia Hudson.

Now, the Harrison County Sheriff's Office has identified Rodris Webster, 25, as a person of interest in the disappearance.

Harrison County Sheriff's Office Public Information Office Jay Webb says Webster, identified as Benefield's boyfriend, was arrested on January 5 on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The complaint that led to that charge was filed by Benefield. Webster remained in the Harrison County Jail until March 5, when Benefield dropped the charge.

Investigators were called to the Food Mart off of Interstate 20 in Waskom Sunday morning, police found a wet, muddy hoodie in the dumpster with Benefield's keys in the pocket. Police say that hoodie belongs to Webster.

Benefield is described as petite in size, weighing about 110 pounds with a nose piercing and a "Wanda Ree" tattoo on her left arm. She was last seen wearing brown tights with a white sweater.

The Air Land Emergency Resource Team (ALERT), based out of Big Sandy, Texas arrived in Waskom Tuesday to assist in the search.

Anyone with information on Benefield's whereabouts should contact the Harrison County Sheriff's Department at (903) 923-4000 or Harrison County Crime Stoppers at (903) 925-9969.

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