Big deal, you might say. What's the harm? Well, Bennie Wint in essence abandoned a grieving fiancee and a daughter from a previous marriage. During his "absence from this world," Bennie acquired a common-law wife and another child in Marshall, North Carolina.
According to police reports, Wint in Daytona Beach with Patricia Hollingsworth, his fiance when he supposedly drowned. On September 25, 1989, Hollingsworth told beach patrol officials that Wint disappeared while swimming. Volusia County Beach Patrol Capt. Scott Petersohn was one of the officers on beach patrol at the time. Apparently, helicopters, boats and lifeguards searched for Wint to no avail.