Distinguishing Characteristics: Vertical 16" surgical scar on chest from bypass surgery, surgical scar on inside of leg from ankle to thigh, metal bolts in left ankle, shrapnel marks on forehead.
Jewelry/Accessories: Gold chain with a gold pendent of a Saint on it. Mr Bendig wore glasses but they were left at his home.
Clothing: Red/Burgundy San Francisco 49ers sweatshirt, dark brown leather jacket, a green Philadelaphia Eagles ball cap, gray sweatpants and white New Balance athletic shoes.
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Not Available
Dentals: Not Available - full dentures
Thomas Bendig, a retired truck driver, was last seen on Saturday, December 2, 2000 at around 8:20 pm at his home in the 4500 block of Tampa Street in the Juniata Park neighborhood of Northeastern Philadelphia.
Mr Bendig was known to frequent the areas near E Anne & Memphis, E Anne & Aramingo and Center City.
Police checked the area hospitals and homeless shelters but no trace of Mr Bendig was found.
Google Maps image of possible (walking) route for Mr Bendig. A is Tampa St, B is the block of E Anne St between Memphis St and Araming Ave, C is Center City. Click on the image for a larger view.
If you have any information about this case, please contact:
Philadelphia Police Department Missing Persons Unit 215-685-3258
Agency Case #: 00-25-120354 NCIC # M421225298 NamUs MP # 765
Sources NamUs Philadelphia Police Department Philadelphia Inquirer 12/5/2000