Bradley Blake Hanson, a thirteen-year-old boy, departed from his residence in Phoenix early on the morning of November 10, 1995, ostensibly for school. Unbeknownst to Bradley’s mother, Centennial Middle School had canceled classes in observance of Veteran’s Day, leading Bradley to make alternative arrangements. Instead, he embarked on a journey with his mountain bike to the Ahwatukee Custom Estates, located in the 3200 block of East Piro Street, where he intended to spend the day with his classmate and friend, Jeremy Bach.
Absence of Bradley from Home Later in the day, Bradley’s mother realized that school had been canceled and made attempts to contact him, seeking to ascertain his whereabouts. Despite her repeated pages, Bradley did not respond, and upon her return home that evening, he was not there. Concerned, his mother contacted the authorities and reported her son as missing. After determining that Jeremy Bach was the last person to see Bradley, the authorities interrogated him and he provided an intriguing account. According to Jeremy, he and Bradley were engaged in playing with firearms when an unintended discharge occurred, resulting in a bullet hole in the wall. Jeremy claimed that Bradley, upon realizing the consequences of his action, panicked and fled on his mountain bike.
Satisfied with this explanation, the police labeled Bradley as a runaway. However, it was only after two months that garbage collectors discovered traces of blood on the top and sides of the Bach family’s trash can. Promptly informing the authorities of their discovery, the sanitation workers led to a search of the garbage can. The search yielded two inches of blood and bodily fluid at the bottom of the trash can, along with bloodstains in the Bach family’s kitchen.
Jeremy’s Account Subsequently, Jeremy was subjected to another round of questioning by the authorities, during which he altered his narrative. He now confessed that he had accidentally shot Bradley in the chest and disposed of his body in the Butterfield Station Landfill trash can. The authorities, however, found Jeremy’s inconsistent accounts unconvincing. They posited that Jeremy had shot Bradley due to a disagreement over a girl they had both been involved with. The authorities further noted Jeremy’s lack of assistance to Bradley following the shooting and Jeremy’s claim that Bradley had succumbed to his injuries over an hour later. Despite a thorough two-month search costing $100,000, Bradley’s remains were never located in the Butterfield Station Landfill.
In February 1996, Jeremy, at the age of fourteen, became the youngest person ever tried as an adult in Arizona when he was charged with Bradley’s murder. In January 1998, Jeremy was convicted of second-degree murder and received a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison. He was eventually released in 2018.
Upon discovering that the murder weapon belonged to Jeremy’s stepfather, Jeremy’s family filed a lawsuit against him, alleging improper storage of the gun. They also implicated the Bach family in assisting with the disposal of Bradley’s body and covering up the crime. This belief is widely held. Although the case was ultimately settled out of court, the specifics of the settlement remain undisclosed.
Bradley, still missing, is presumed dead according to the authorities. Regrettably, his body cannot be recovered from the Butterfield Station Landfill. Despite Jeremy’s conviction and subsequent two-decade imprisonment, he was released at the age of thirty-six, allowing him to enjoy the remainder of his life—a privilege that Bradley was unjustly denied at such a young age.
If Bradley is still alive, he will turn forty this November. When last seen, he was dressed in a black collared shirt, white t-shirt, black jeans, green paisley-patterned boxer shorts, black sneakers with red laces, and an Armitron watch. Bradley weighed between 60 and 75 pounds and stood between 4’8″ and 4’11” tall. He had black hair and blue eyes. The fate of his mountain bike remains unknown.