Case worker, who discovered missing girl, testifies
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The employee who discovered Rilya Wilson was missing is taking the stand in the trial against her accused killer.
Former Department of Children and Families case worker Dora Bentacourt discovered Wilson was missing in April 2002.
DCF case worker Deborah Muskelly was supposed to make monthly visits on 6-year-old Wilson but admitted on Tuesday that she did not visit the child for more than a year. When Betancourt showed up at the house of Geralyn Graham, Wilson's foster parent, she told Betancourt a mysterious case worker from DCF took the child.
Betancourt said she checked into that claim but found no indication it happened.
During her testimony on Wednesday she claimed, when she asked Graham, "Where's Rilya?" Graham responded, "I thought you were bringing her."
Betancourt said Graham did not seem stressed or upset when learning Wilson was missing.
"I was upset. I was still in shock that this was happening. That we had no information about a child's whereabouts," said Betancourt.
Wilson's body was never found and Graham has been charged with murder.
The court is building much of the case on circumstantial evidence, including an alleged jail house confession where Graham confessed to suffocating Wilson with a pillow.
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