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Texas Woman’s Body Found in Creek as Rideshare Driver Linked to Disappearance Takes Own Life

The body of 20-year-old Amanda Stevenson, who went missing just before Thanksgiving in Texas, was discovered in a creek on Tuesday. A day later, a rideshare driver connected to her disappearance, identified as Kevin Bennetsen, took his own life, according to authorities.

Amanda Stevenson of Victoria disappeared two days before Thanksgiving and three days before her 20th birthday. Her mother reported her missing on Tuesday, prompting a search by family members in Victoria and nearby Yoakum. The last known location of Stevenson was near Salem Road on November 19, with her locked cell phone found without a known password.

During the investigation, authorities focused on a “known associate” who worked for a rideshare service, identified as Kevin Bennetsen, 45, of Victoria. The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed his connection to Stevenson’s disappearance, the Victoria Advocate, Crossroads Today, and KHOU report.

On Tuesday, human remains were reported near a bridge off Fordyce Road, and the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office identified the body as Amanda Stevenson. On Wednesday, investigators attempted to reinterview Bennetsen during a traffic stop, leading to his suicide.

Detectives then investigated Bennetsen’s known locations, conducting searches with scent-sensitive dogs and drones. The Victoria Police Department urged the public to avoid speculation and false narratives.

Stevenson’s family believes she was likely with Bennetsen when she vanished. Besides being a rideshare driver, Bennetsen worked as an elementary school teacher in the Victoria Independent School District.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has encouraged anyone with information about Amanda Stevenson’s disappearance to contact Victoria Crime Stoppers at 361-572-4200.

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