Richard Willis Bendele

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Above Images: Bendele, circa 1996


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 17, 1996 from Blaine County, Idaho
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 18, 1967
  • Age: 29 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, green eyes. Bendele may have a mustache. His nickname is Rick.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Bendele was last seen hunting in the Laidlaw Park, Idaho area on November 17, 1996. He called his mother to say his blue pickup truck had stalled on a remote desert road and he was going to get help. Bendele has never been heard from again, and his truck was discovered abandoned near the Laidlaw Corral area north of Rupert, Idaho shortly after his disappearance. A photo of a similar vehicle is posted below this case summary. Bendele worked at the J.R. Simplot Co. in Heyburn, Idaho when he disappeared. Authorities suspect he was taken against his will.

    Above: Truck similar to Bendele's


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Blaine County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    Idaho Missing Person Clearinghouse
    East Idaho Cold Cases
    The Idaho State Journal


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 8, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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