Hondo police are investigating whether $304,907 in donations to help build a new city library are still in the bank. They haven’t found the money yet.
Frances Bendele, who was supposed to present a check last month to Mayor Jim Danner, was in a car crash that day and reportedly suffered amnesia. She was treasurer of the Friends of the Hondo Public Library — but not anymore.
“She claims she still doesn’t remember what happened,” Danner said. “It’s just been a bombshell, and we’re very concerned about how we’ll move forward.”
The city broke ground on the new $2.5 million facility and is checking how to cover any potential funding shortfall. It was counting on $500,000 in donations from the Friends group.
Bendele is out of the hospital and still recovering from a head injury incurred in the one-car crash on Texas 46 in Kendall County, according to a relative, who said Friday that she has “total memory loss.”