Man’s whereabouts a mystery
SCHENECTADY Relatives of a Ballston Spa man whom they haven’t seen for more than a week have papered Schenectady’s Stockade neighborhood with missing person fliers after his car was found abandoned there over the weekend.
The man, Jacob Bentley, 41, has been spotted on surveillance video at multiple spots around the region withdrawing money from his account since he was last seen, Ballston Spa police said Monday.
Police, however, want to check on his welfare and put his family’s minds at ease.
Bentley’s car was found Saturday by family on Green Street in Schenectady, near North College Street. Family have been posting fliers around the Stockade neighborhood since. The car remains parked where it was found. After police were done examining the vehicle, the family used soap to make it into a makeshift billboard with messages to Bentley to call home.
“Because his car is here, I feel that he is around here,” sister Jody Harris said Monday. “I don’t know if it’s right here, but it’s somewhere here in Schenectady.”
Bentley is a construction worker and father of an 11-year-old son. They live with Bentley’s mother in Ballston Spa.
Family said Bentley is a recovering heroin addict and had been doing well lately. But his addiction took him to prison in 2010, with a 16-month-to-four-year sentence related to a Saratoga County burglary, records show. He was released in April 2012 and placed under parole supervision until August 2013.
Bentley’s family last heard from him Jan. 25, when he told his mother by phone he was going to get his paycheck from his construction job. He never picked it up and was reported missing Jan. 29.
Ballston Spa Police Officer Todd Ives said police have records of monetary transactions conducted by Bentley around the region, including at Wal-Mart. Video footage confirms Bentley was conducting them. The activity is all on his personal account, Ives said.
“We’re just concerned to locate him,” Ives said. They want to check on his welfare so they can relay that to the family.
Despite his past, his mother, Margie Cameron, said Bentley has made strides in his life. He was in a trial period to be a supervisor at his construction job. Also, he had been doing everything he needed to do under parole supervision, including attending self-help meetings, she said.
Last summer, Bentley regained custody of his son. The boy is with her now.
“He was very excited about that,” Cameron said of Bentley gaining custody of his son, “so I know he would not have just gone somewhere and just not showed up.”
Bentley is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds. He has brown hair and had a goatee/mustache. He also has numerous tattoos on his shoulder to forearms.
Anyone who knows Bentley’s whereabouts was asked to contact Ballston Spa police at 885-5033.