I had no idea Mr. Bender was so ill....I just recently watched a show about him & the John List bust he created that helped lead to List's arrest. Dying sculptor hopes to learn slain childs name Sunday, February 7, 2010 (Updated 7:46 am) <snip> On Saturday night, in a first glimpse of what probably will be the last such work by Bender, a terminally ill artist with an 85 percent identification rate, detectives were to see art meet science. From what was just a hollowed, mummified skull, Bender produced a lifelike painted sculpture. This is the last one, Bender said Friday in a phone interview from his home. Most people with terminal cancer and eight months to live might not have even attempted this. But I didnt want to turn this down if I could help identify him. Bender said the boy, age 10 to 12, had longish brown hair and a severe overbite that may help identify him. He was Caucasian, possibly Hispanic, and Bender has the feeling the boy was killed by someone he knew. I would say more than likely a caretaker aunt, uncle, father, stepfather. Thats usually the way it goes, Bender said. Thats why they dont show up (as missing). Youre thinking, 'Oh, the parents are going to be doing everything under the sun to find them. The people who organized the event believe someone will come forward. It could be that somebody sees that bust and says, 'Yes, I remember that child, and he disappeared right around then, said Mike Craig, a former police officer who founded N.C. SMART, the nonprofit missing-and-abducted response team that commissioned Bender. Then, the investigation starts anew at that point. Bender, 68, is credited with solving dozens of murders and disappearances for the FBI, Scotland Yard and Americas Most Wanted. much more here http://www.news-record.com/content/2010/02/06/article/dying_sculptor_hopes_to_learn_child_s_name Prayers for Mr. Bender & his wife.