Vanessa Bender is Joe Hardy’s girlfriend in most of The Hardy Boys Casefiles after the death of his first girlfriend, Iola Morton in Casefiles #1 Dead on Target.


Vanessa is around 17 years old and lives with her mother, Andrea Bender, on a small farm on the outskirts of Bayport.

Frank and Joe Hardy first met her some time after Iola’s death when she first moved to Bayport from Manhattan, they got to know her better when they were working on a case for her mother in Casefiles #69 Mayhem in Motion. After the case was successfully wrapped up she and Joe started dating and when the Casefiles series was canceled in 1998 with the publication of #127 Dead in the Water, they are still a steady couple.

Physical description

Vanessa is quite tall (nearly as tall as Joe, who is 6-feet) and slender, with long, ash-blonde hair and gray-blue eyes.

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