Slain boy's father keeping suspicions to himself

As police continue to investigate the death of a Dolan Springs boy, the boy's father said he has an idea who might be responsible for his son's death.

Nevertheless, Max Benefield said he would keep his suspicion private.

Meanwhile, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office is seeking any information in the murder of the 16-year-old Dolan Springs teen-ager Wednesday night.

Keith Ardell Benefield, was found around 11 p.m.

lying on the ground at milepost 3 on Pierce Ferry Road, suffering from severe head injuries.

Officers determined that Benefield was not struck by a vehicle, sheriff's spokesman Steve Johnson said.

Johnson would not provide any further information on how the teenager was killed because of the ongoing investigation.

Benefield said he would not speculate who might have murdered his son only saying he had an idea who might be responsible.

"He was a great kid," he said.

"He was my heart.

He was my only son."

Friends found the injured Benefield about a mile and a half from where he lived with his father and one of his two sisters, the elder Benefield said.

When Benefield was found he was treated by paramedics from Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire Department, then flown to Kingman Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead, Johnson said.

The elder Benefield, who works at a rock quarry in the Dolan Springs area, said his son had been living with his mother in Salinas, Calif., before returning to live with him several months ago.

Benefield said he was in the process of enrolling his son as in the ninth grade at Kingman High School South.

He last saw his son around 7:20 p.m.

that night, he said.

Benefield attended Mt.

Tipton Elementary School in Dolan Springs last year, according to a school official.

Anyone with information can call MCSO detectives at 753-0753.

Mohave Silent Witness is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any suspects in Benefield's murder.

Contact Silent Witness at 753-1234 or toll free anywhere in the county at 1-888-227-8780.

Tips to Silent Witness are anonymous.