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Robertson Co. Missing Mom, Daughter Case Reclassified As Homicide

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SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. – Nearly 10 years after they were last seen, the case of a missing Robertson County mother and her 2-year-old daughter has now been reclassified as a homicide.

The Robertson County Sheriff's Office has made a renewed appeal for information in the disappearance of 21-year-old Jennifer Wix and her 2-year-old daughter, Adrianna. They were reported missing by Jennifer's mother on March 27, 2004.

Investigators said Monday the case has strong implications of foul play.

"Nobody has been eliminated as a suspect in this case. We've developed some new information in the last several weeks that brings us to the conclusion that there was foul play involved," said Robertson County Sheriff Bill Holt.

The mother and daughter had been living in an outbuilding with Jennifer's boyfriend, Joey Benton. Investigators said Benton claimed that Jennifer had asked him to take her to a grocery store in Cross Plains to use the phone on the night of March 25, 2004. Benton told investigators he dropped them off at a local Exxon, and watched from across the street as they got into a white four-door car.

He also told investigators that Jennifer came back to his home the following day, collected her belongings, and said she needed some time away.

Investigators said they were never able to corroborate Benton's claims.

"I didn't do anything. Jennifer was mad and we broke up," Benton said during a March 2008 interview.

Phone records confirmed the last person who spoke to Jennifer was her father, Michael, who talked with her at approximately 11 a.m. on March 25, 2004.

Michael Wix, of Manchester, told investigators that Jennifer said she had argued with Joey Benton's family and she looked forward to seeing her father at his home the following Sunday.

Since their disappearance, Benton's property in Robertson County has been searched four times, including once when a pond was drained and searched.

Sheriff's Investigators said they have always treated it as a homicide case, though it had been classified as a missing persons case until now.

Wix's family has urged anyone with information to come forward. 

"I'm just hoping that someone's conscience will enable them to finally come forward and let us know what exactly happened to Jennifer and Adrianna in 2004," said Jennifer's mother, Kathy Nale.

A special tip line has been set up for direct contact with an investigators working on the case. The number to call is (615) 478-5763. A reward of $17,000 has been offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

"Help us bring justice. Most of all help me find my girls and lay them to rest with respect and dignity," Nale said.

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