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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The parents of a teen who went missing back in September, and whose body was found in December, released an extensive statement thanking those who helped in the search.
Tony and Kelley Bennett thanked everyone in the community for their support and prayers while their son Ethan was missing. "We, along with many of you, hoped and prayed the outcome would have been different," the statement said. "Your prayers are still welcomed by us as we attempt to come to accept our son's passing."
On December 14, the family confirmed that Ethan's car had been found. It was discovered on Skyline Drive in Floyds Knobs. The car was found 750 to 1,000 feet over an embankment in what authorities called a single vehicle crash.
The car was found after Ethan Bennett's family had a private helicopter search the area. Ethan had not been seen or heard from since Sept. 11.
Friends posted hundreds of signs near interstates and off busy roads hoping someone had seen him.
In their statement, the Bennetts thanked everyone who helped get the word out about Ethan's disappearance, including family and friends who spread the word through flyers and the Internet, as well as the media who printed and broadcast stories about their son.
They also thanked the Clark County Sheriff's Department, saying officers were available 24/7 and tracked down even the slightest rumor.
The Bennetts also answered criticism of the Sheriff's Department hiring a private aircraft to search for Ethan's car. That search turned up nothing due to the heavy foliage at the time. But after the leaves fell, the family hired an aircraft on its own. The Bennetts says the Sheriff's Dept. reimbursed the family completely for that second flight -- something the family did not request.
The family is founding the Ethan Bennett Memorial Scholarship Fund. It's through the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana.
On March 30th at 7 p.m. at Lakeside Reflections in Jeffersonville, the family is holding a benefit for the fund with live music, a silent auction, face painting, massages, and other activities.