Tipster’s Background Leads to Doubts About His Truthfulness

CLEVELAND — Harold Bennett remembers Robert Wolford well.

“I watched him growing up, and he was like crazy,” Bennett says.

On a tip from Wolford, who’s doing time for killing a homeless man in Cleveland, authorities spent the better part of two days looking for the body of Amanda Berry, 16.

She disappeared almost 10 years ago after working at a Burger King, and has not been seen since.

On Friday, authorities said they had finished digging without finding any signs of a body.

Authorities had brought the Wolford, 25, up from prison in Lucasville so he could point out where the body supposedly was.

“I think he’s lying,” Bennett says, “I think he just wants out of jail.”

Authorities are not yet ready to release the letter Wolford wrote to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason that led to the search. It’s the contents of that letter that appears to have made the tip seem credible.

Police continue to search for a second suspect that Wolford implicated in Berry’s disappearance. In the meantime, the prosecutor’s office is deciding if any charges will be filed against Wolford for making alleged false claims to law enforcement.