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What Happened to Bethanie Dougherty of Broome County?

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Imagine seeing your mom before going to bed and then waking up the next day and she’s gone without a trace.  This is not imagination for one of Bethanie Dougherty’s children.  This is reality.

This April 1st will mark 5 years since Bethanie Dougherty of Killawog, Broome County went missing. And as the 5th anniversary of her disappearance approaches, her family is still no closer to knowing what happened or where she is today.

Bethanie was last seen by her son between 10pm and 11pm on April 1, 2008 at her home on Jennings Creek Road in Killawog.  At 6am the next day, her son noticed she was missing. Her car and all of her personal belongings were left behind and her clothing was laid out for work on her bed.

Neighbors heard a woman screaming in the area between 3am and 3:30am ( which is when Bethanie would have been getting up to get ready for her job at the Xtra Mart convenience store in Freeville) and called 911, but when police arrived, they didn’t find anything suspicious. Bethanie’s son was in the house with her that night and didn’t hear or see anything unusual either.

Bethanie isn’t the only person in her family to go missing. Her cousin Marla Greene-Ware was reported missing in 1998. Two weeks later her body was found in her own apartment. She’d been dead for months and while her death is considered suspicious, nobody has been charged. There’s no evidence that Bethanie’s disappearance is related to her cousin’s death.

At the time of her disappearance, Bethanie had three teen kids and was separated from her husband. They were planning to divorce, however her relatives say there was no sign of abuse in her marriage.

Bethanie has three tattoos: a vine with flowers on her left ankle; a purple butterfly over tribal markings on her lower back and three Chinese scroll type symbols on her upper back between her shoulder blades.  She has three piercings in her right ear and five piercings in her left ear.

Someone knows something.  If you’re that someone, please do the right thing and let the authorities know.  Bethanie’s children and family haven’t given up hope that she’s still alive and they deserve to know what’s happened to her.

Sources: The National Center for Missing Adults, Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Charley Project

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