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Missing woman found dead, crop duster discovers body

November 15, 2018

SAN BENITO — Hours after a Silver Alert had ended, police say the body of Marta Moreno had been discovered.

In a Facebook post late yesterday, police said a crop duster was used to search for the missing 60-year-old teacher and her body was found.

“Thank you to all the search groups that assisted. It was a very difficult task to ask of anyone and yet you answered the call to help,” police said on Facebook.

Police would not release any further information to the media because the investigation is ongoing.

Police are expected to release more information at a news conference at 10 a.m. today.

Moreno was a retired San Benito teacher who suffered from dementia. She disappeared Nov. 7.

Yesterday at about 2:20 p.m., San Benito Police Chief Michael Galvan said a Silver Alert for her had been cancelled, and said the former teacher had still not been found.

Galvan said the alerts, allowed only for a certain period, had been extended a number of times.

About 4 p.m., the Facebook posts revealed she had been found deceased.

For six days, police and multiple search parties worked to find Moreno. She was a San Benito resident who was last seen on the 400 block of Mockingbird Street last Wednesday.

Moreno’s niece, Ruby Rivera, had been sharing photos and updates on Facebook about her missing aunt.

She said on Facebook she had spoken to her aunt last Thursday.

“When she called the first time, (Thursday,) Nov. 8, all she said was that she was stuck in the car and couldn’t open the door. The second time she made some noises as if she was struggling and said she was stuck and the last three times she called she wouldn’t say anything and then the phone went off,” Rivera said.

Moreno was a teacher at a number of San Benito schools, including Rangerville, Dr. Cash and Sullivan elementary schools. Former classmates say she graduated in 1977.

rgarcia@valleystar.com

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