The Doe Network:
Case File 205DFCA

Left and Center: Bender, circa 1986; Right: Age-progressed image of Bender at age 34 (circa 2005)

Susan Robin Bender
Missing since April 25, 1986 from Modesto, Stanislaus County, California
Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Susan Bender left her Modesto home headed for a stay with friends in Carmel. Bender was last seen at the Greyhound bus depot in Modesto, California on April 25, 1986. She did not board a bus; instead, she entered an unidentified green van at the depot. She never arrived in Carmel. She has never been seen again. Bender had run away twice before, but each time she  called her mother and returned home within a couple of days.   Foul play is suspected in her case. 
Some of her personal belongings, such as a diary, phone book and clothing, were found in a suspect's home. He was questioned by police, then released due to lack of evidence.

If you have any information concerning Bender's case, please contact:
Modesto Police Department
Missing Persons Unit
Detective Craig Grogan

All information may be submitted on an anonymous basis.

Agency Case Number:

NCMEC #: NCMC600289

NCIC Number:
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
California Department of Justice
Modesto Police Department
Operation Lookout

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