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Modesto police reopen 1986 cold case of 15-year-old girl's disappearance

Susan Robin Bender was last seen at a bus station in downtown Modesto on April 25, 1986. Bender would be 50-years-old today.
Credit: Modesto Police Department
Susan Robin Bender was 15-years-old when she disappeared in 1986. Modesto Police reopened her cold case on Oct. 7, 2021.

MODESTO, Calif. — On Oct. 7, the Modesto Police Department reopened the 1986 disappearance of a 15-year-old girl

Susan Robin Bender was at a bus station in downtown Modesto on April 25, 1986. She was last seen getting into a green van at the bus depot, according to the Department of Justice

Bender would be 50-years-old today.

Anyone with information about her should contact Detective Josh Grant at (209) 342-9104 or grantj@modestopd.com.

ABC10 reached out to the Modesto Police Department about why the case was reopened, but the inquiry was not immediately returned.

In a Facebook post, Modesto Police Department said they continually review cases and identified Bender's case as one of them.

"In reviewing this case, we identified potential areas of opportunity which may assist in moving this case forward. This includes the use of advancements in technology. Given the circumstances of the crime, we also believe there may be individuals (previously unidentified) who may have pertinent information surrounding Susan’s disappearance," police said on Facebook. "It’s important to remember that Susan was a child with a family. Unfortunately, that family has gone 36 years without closure or justice. It’s our job as an agency to assist in providing some level of closure with the ultimate goal of getting justice."

1986 COLD CASE The Modesto Police Department has re-opened the 1986 disappearance of 15 year old Susan Robin Bender....

Posted by Modesto Police Department on Thursday, October 7, 2021



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