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New top 10 fugitive could be in area

By From page A3 | April 21, 2014

On April 10, the FBI’s Baltimore Division announced the latest addition to the FBI’s List of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, William Bradford Bishop. Bishop is wanted in connection with the cold case homicide of his five family members in March 1976, all of whom he allegedly bludgeoned to death before burning and burying their bodies in North Carolina. Additional information about Bishop can be found at, which includes details, photos, age-enhanced illustrations and a video podcast.

Since the publicity campaign began last week, the FBI’s Baltimore Division has received a large number of tips in areas where Bishop lived and worked. Bishop, who was born in Pasadena and still has associations in that area, was also known to have an affinity for the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Investigators believe there is a strong possibility Bishop could have returned to places with which he was familiar near Southern California, or the mountains in the state of California or Nevada.

While there is no evidence to indicate Bishop’s whereabouts, investigators are enhancing publicity efforts in the Western United States. There is a reward of up to $100,000 being offered by the FBI for information leading to the capture of William Bradford Bishop. Anyone with information about this case may contact the FBI by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI, by submitting a tip at or by calling their local FBI Field Office.

Case-specific questions may be routed to:

Amy J. Thoreson
Public Affairs Specialist
FBI Baltimore
Office: 410-277-6689
Cell: 202-431-6221.

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