Woman arrested in connection to Benjamin “Tank” Loera’s disappearance

Simek was charged with Aggravated Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault
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On Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Yolanda Rodriguez Simekwas arrested in connection to the disappearance and death of Benjamin “Tank” Loera.

EDNA, Texas – On Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Yolanda Rodriguez Simekwas arrested in connection to the disappearance and death of Benjamin “Tank” Loera. Loera, 16, from Vanderbilt, Texas, went missing on Oct. 26, 2021. Simek, who was arrested at Alamo Lumber in Edna, Texas, is charged with Aggravated Kidnapping, a 1st-degree felony with a $100,000 bond and Aggravated Assault, a 2nd-degree felony with a $100,000 bond.

Three suspects are still in custody in connection to the investigation. On Nov. 29, 2021, officials charged Casey Wayne Jenschke, 23 of Lolita, with Aggravated Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault. On Nov. 23, 2021, officials also charged Kyler Ray Rector, 19 of Lolita, with Aggravated Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault. A third person in connection to Loera’s disappearance is a minor. Her name will not be released due to her age. She was booked into the Victoria County Juvenile Detention Center.

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