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William Bradford Bishop, missing from East TN since 1976, previously on the FBI’s most wanted list

Knoxville, Tenn. – FBI files from an old missing person investigation in eastern Tennessee reveal more disturbing details than a single hiker who went missing near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), William Bradford Bishop, Jr. was last seen on March 2, 1976, at a sporting goods store in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Just over two weeks later, according to his profile, his automobile was discovered in Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Bishop was 29 when he disappeared; sources suggest he was an avid outdoorsman with a master’s degree in Italian from Middlebury College in Vermont and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale University. But there is something unusual about their NamUs profile that is worth noting. Do not approach or make contact with Bishop if you find him. The memo asks readers to contact authorities immediately.

The FBI speculated that Bishop changed his name and is now living undercover in the United States in 2014. He would be 86 if discovered today. According to the TBI, he also had an “aptitude” for learning languages ​​and was a licensed amateur pilot who had learned to fly in Botswana, Africa. The report claims that he is fluent in several languages, including Spanish, French, Italian and Serbo-Croatian. Bishop was 6ft 1in tall and had black hair in 1976.

The FBI claims that the day before Bishop disappeared, he brutally murdered his wife (then aged 37), his mother (then aged 68) and three boys (then aged 5, 10 and 14) in Bethesda, Maryland. It was on this day that the former US State Department employee learned he had been overlooked for a promotion, according to the FBI. Bishop was “highly intelligent”, “intense and self-centered”, “prone to violent outbursts”, and “preferred a neat and orderly environment”, as reported by the FBI. “To be able to smack a hammer over your children’s heads and faces while they sleep really shows the brutality of the crime,” FBI agent Charles Adams said in a video.

Case agent Charles Adams said in a video posted on the FBI website that Bishop burned the bodies of his family after transporting them there and burying them in a shallow grave. The FBI reported that Bishop was seen the next day in a sporting goods store with a woman his age and a dog that may have belonged to the family. A possible depiction of William Bradford Bishop at age 77 (FBI) According to the FBI, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Rockville, Maryland, charged Bishop with murder in March 1976, and the FBI charged him of unlawful absconding to escape prosecution.

After nearly four decades, on April 10, 2014, Special Agent Steve Vogt formed a task force and renewed his efforts to locate Bishop through a media campaign, which led to the addition of Bishop. on the FBI’s most wanted list. Information leading to his capture was rewarded with $100,000. A six-inch vertical scar from surgery was reportedly present on his lower back, according to the FBI. If you know anything about Bishop or his whereabouts, the FBI urges you to call your local office or the nearest US embassy or consulate. NamUs says police in Gaithersburg, Maryland (Montgomery County) investigated the incident.

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