Boyfriend of missing Abilene mother arrested

ABILENE, Texas - The boyfriend of a missing Abilene woman has been arrested on an outstanding warrant.

The Abilene police SWAT team arrested Justin Bennett, 32, on the warrant for assault, forgery and a parole violation Thursday, the same day his girlfriend Meagan Dearman was publicly reported missing.

Police say the arrest is unrelated to Dearman’s investigation, but that Bennett is a "person of interest" in Dearman's disappearance.



Abilene Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division and Missing Persons Unit are actively looking for Dearman.

On Thursday, the department used its unmanned aerial system on the south side of Abilene to look for any evidence of a possible crime.

Dearmen was reportedly last seen on Jan. 17.

The police are asking the public for any information that might help locate her.

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