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Reward Increased in Fremont Mother's Slaying

Posted March 12, 2008

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— Wayne County authorities on Wednesday doubled the reward for information leading to an arrest in the slaying of a Fremont woman  last week.

Silvia Morales Benitez, 28, was shot to death in her home at 1273 Black Creek Road on March 3. Her 7-year-old daughter came home from school and found her, and the woman's 3-year-old son was in the house unharmed, authorities said.

Morales' husband was working on a farm across the road from the family's home at the time of her death, authorities said.

An autopsy determined that Morales was killed by a gunshot to the head. Authorities are unsure of a motive in the slaying, saying nothing was missing from the home.

Wayne County authorities are offering a $6,000 reward in the case, up from the $3,000 initially offered.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff's Office at 919-731-1481 or Wayne County Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255.

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  • uncalumni02 Mar 12, 2008

    lb--- I agree. It is definitely unfortunate. Her death was as much of a tragedy as anyone else's, but people don't seem to care so much. I really feel bad for the child that found her, as well as the one already in the house...can't imagine walking into such a situation.

  • lbnblakesmom Mar 12, 2008

    I really hope they catch whoever did this. It's a shame this murder hasn't gotten the media coverage like some other recent murders have.