Tarasha Benjamin’s Disappearance is Still Unsolved
Regina Benjamin knew something was amiss when her daughter Tarasha, also known by her nickname Pooh, didn’t return from a flea market visit in June 2010. She reached out to family and friends in search of any sign of Pooh; calling Mazda Tribute with two missing windows and an injured driver’s side door handle as proof.
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Tarasha Benjamin, 17, went missing in Selma on June 26, 2010. Her mother Regina Benjamin claims she left home around 10 am to go to a flea market and stopped by a yard sale en route where a relative borrowed her cell phone. When she failed to return home when expected, her family began searching an expansive area – even going door-to-door in her neighborhood and searching bodies of water in an effort to locate her.
Her car was discovered abandoned two days later with no trace of her left in it; no new leads have emerged from law enforcement; while her mother remains desperate to know what has become of her youngest daughter.
Police have conducted exhaustive searches of local bodies of water, streets and flyers but have failed to uncover any leads regarding Tarasha Benjamin’s disappearance. Her mother Regina continues to share information in hopes that someone will come forward with anything. She even went as far as appearing on Maury Show to speak out on behalf of her daughter on several occasions – which still airs periodically today.
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Tarasha Benjamin vanished without trace on June 26th 2010 while making her way towards Selma flea market, never to return and her disappearance remains unexplained.
Regina Benjamin believes there may be wrongdoing involved in her daughter’s disappearance and has shared information in hopes that someone comes forward with information. Regina lost two other daughters to house fire in 1996; therefore she suspects any misdeeds could have an influence on the case of missing daughter Veronica Benjamin.
Newly appointed Mayor and Police Chief have provided hope that they will more aggressively pursue justice for Tarasha Benjamin’s family, calling on an independent agency such as Alabama Bureau of Investigation to be brought in on her case and appealing to the district attorney for reward money.
On June 26, 2010 she left her mother’s home in Selma, Alabama in order to attend a flea market as promised, telling her mom that day. It is believed she stopped at a yard sale on her journey and borrowed one of their cellular phones in order to call them from there. Two days after she disappeared her vehicle was found one mile from where the flea market stood with no trace of her; suspicions of foul play surfaced with police who conducted extensive searches but failed to locate anything. Her mother Regina Benjamin conducted her searches herself before appearing on Maury show hoping someone would provide information.
She was known to her friends as “Pooh”, and had it tattooed onto her shoulder. At 5’2 and 125 pounds, she is 5×2.