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Isabella Hellman missing at sea; husband faces murder charges

Isabella Hellman, Lewis Bennett

November 6, 2018 – Lewis Bennett plead guilty in the death of Isabella Hellman.  He faces a maximum eight-year prison sentence when he is sentenced in January.

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Isabella Hellman went missing in May 15, 2017, while aboard a catamaran with her husband, Lewis Bennett and baby daughter.  Isabella disappeared off the boat, and Bennett is charged with covering up a murder by staging an accident at sea.

Bennett who was rescued by the Coast Guard as he floated 30 miles west of Cay Sal in the Bahamas with his daughter and $30,000 worth of coins, said he woke up to find the catamaran taking on water and his wife missing.

Lewis Bennett’s catamaran (Coast Guard)

A large search for Isabella lasted four days, but she was never found.

During the investigation, it was realized that the coins Bennett had with him, had actually been stolen from a Catamaran that Bennett had been employed on.  Bennett was charged with transporting thousands of dollars in gold and silver coins that he stole while he worked as a mate aboard the Kitty R sailboat in the Caribbean nation of St. Maarten in 2016.

Bennett Arrest

Bennett was arrested in August 2017 on a related charge of knowingly transporting stolen coins. He later pleaded guilty. In February, 2018 before he was to be sentenced, federal prosecutors charged him with second-degree murder.  Bennett was released on bail set at $250,000.

Bennett is set to stand trial Dec. 10, 2018.

Bennett and Hellman’s daughter, Emelia who is two-years-old now, is believed to be in the UK.  In May and August 2018, the Hellman family talked to her, stated the family’s attorney.

In this YouTube video Lewis Bennett is in the driveway of the woman’s Boca Raton home in May 2017.  “Don’t take my baby. Don’t take my baby,” said Amparo Alvarez.


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