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Terlingua Woman Sentenced for Hiding Father's Body, Cashing His Social Security Benefits

by Kim Powell
NewsWest 9

TERLINGUA - A Terlingua woman was sentenced on Friday for hiding her father's body and cashing in his social security benefits. But there's one thing that's still missing, her mother.

49-year-old Judith Broughton was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. 

It was during a routing check into beneficiaries when authorities discovered she had stolen more than $245,000 in Social Security benefits. Those benefits were written out to her dead father, Luther Broughton. 

Officials say Broughton stole them between June 1990 and August 2011. That's when they became suspicious when they couldn't find her father. 

An investigation eventually led them to Econo Self-Storage in Kentucky, where her parents had lived until 1990, the same year that Broughton told the court her father died. 

Instead of reporting his death, authorities say she mummified his body and kept it in a storage unit surrounded by his personal belongings and his car. 

By pleading guilty, Broughton also admitted to forging her father's signature. However, there's still something missing--her mother. 

Mary Broughton's Social Security benefits were also being electronically deposited into a joint checking account with her daughter, but she's been missing for months. 

The Brewster County Sheriff's Office says she was last seen between the middle of February and March. The sheriff's office, along with help from Texas Search and Rescue, have been looking for her. 

But they haven't had any luck. Now, Mary's Social Security benefits have been suspended. 

On top of the 10 years, Broughton also owes the government more than $245,000 and will be placed on probation for three years after her completed prison term. 

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