LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — The FBI says a man on its Most Wanted list suspected of bludgeoning his mother, wife and three sons to death with a hammer nearly 40 years ago has Southern California roots.

Agents are taking a second look at the case of William Bradford Bishop Jr. who hasn’t been seen since the day after authorities say he killed his family in Maryland in 1976. He allegedly burned and buried the bodies in North Carolina.

“Brad, you’ve been living with this on your conscience now for 38 years. I am the voice for your family who can no longer speak. The time is now for you to contact law enforcement,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin.

The FBI said Thursday it commissioned an artist to create a bust that approximates what the 77-year-old would look like today.

The FBI said Bishop was born in Pasadena, is an avid outdoors-man, and may have been drawn back to his native Southern California. He is also a pilot, fluent in several languages, and is highly educated.

Bishop is said to be self-assured, egotistical, and short-tempered.

Bishop was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list this month.

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