Police say they found a woman who left her kids on the side of the road to go look for God. The mother’s body was found near a river. According to the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, Lamona Fields Bender took her kids’ clothes off, leaving her five year old and two year old in the car. The children were found two miles away from the car, and told police that their mother had gone to “look for God.”
Police went on a massive manhunt to find the woman, who left carrying a bible and wearing a pair of sunglasses. Her body was found two miles from the Coosa River entrance 10 feet under water. Police have not yet released the cause of death, but think that it was a suicide.
“Her body was found near her shawl and bible,” said Elmore County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Chris Ogden. “We believe her body had been there for no more than 12 hours.”
Police say there is no evidence of foul play and no weapon was found. At the time of her disappearance, Bender was under severe emotional distress. Her relatives said that she’d been going through a tough time. Her sister Mashika Ezell said that Bender was behavioral.