arrested a Washington man for questioning in the disappearance
of a state worker whose body was discovered last weekend in a
ditch outside Spokane. A cause of death has not been released.
Benson was arrested after police found guns at his home during
a search for evidence in the disappearance of Roger Erdman, a
state Licensing Department auditor. Erdman was last seen June
12 in Spokane before a scheduled meeting with Benson to gather
records for an audit.
arrested Monday morning after being spotted along I-5 in Seattle
for investigation of felony weapons violations and for questioning
in Erdman's disappearance, according to a published report. A
convicted felon, Benson is not allowed to possess guns, but investigators
found two handguns and a shotgun or rifle in his Davenport home.
interviewed and released last week by police in Sparks, NV. He
reportedly was making a delivery and pickup in the area. Investigators
also searched Benson's property for four days last week and allegedly
found evidence of a crime.
filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy reorganization last month. He had
been randomly selected for an audit by Erdman, whose job included
analyzing truckers' records for compliance with fuel taxes and
Benson also was investigated but never charged in the disappearance
of trucker John W. Deetz in December 1988. Deetz's rig was found
in 1991 on land owned by Benson in Southern California, but Deetz
has never been found.