09-28-2011, 05:18 PM #1
CA - Michael Bell, 26, Fresno County, 16 Sept 2011
Michael Bell, 26, was last seen on video surveillance on September 16th at his in Los Angeles. He was suppose to take a trip to the east coast to meet with his family, but he never arrived.
When his family returned from their trip, they check Bell's apartment. His clothes and personal belongings were there but he, and his car, were missing
The missing blue 2002 Toyota Camry was found by C.H.P. on I-5 near Russell Ave. in Western Fresno County, but there are no signs of Bell.
Snipped: http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?se...cal&id=8370668 (Photo at link)
09-28-2011, 09:49 PM #2
Missing L.A. man's car found in Fresno Co.
"Michael Bell, 26, was last seen Sept. 16 on video surveillance at his apartment. He was planning to travel to the eastern United States to visit his family but never arrived. A car belonging to his mother, a 2002 Toyota Camry, was found Sept. 17 on Interstate 5 near Russell Avenue but there was no sign of Bell."
This article, dated today, states his mother's car was found on Sept. 17. Now, nine days later, the first information about his disappearance is hitting some local Fresno Co. media. Why the delay? It would also be informative to know just where in Los Angeles his apartment is, and a Google search this evening of his name didn't come up with any L.A. area media covering his disappearance.
Since it doesn't appear Mr. Bell had any plans to travel north by car, sadly a crime may have occurred in L.A. with the perpetrator(s) driving the car to where it was found then abandoning it. Hopefully there is some DNA inside it and the perp(s) have a criminal record to tie them to it.
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10-31-2011, 09:17 PM #3Former Member
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Michael Bell, 26, of Los Angeles, was taken to the Chevron gas station on Interstate 5 at the West Panoche Road exit about 3 p.m. Sept. 17 by a California Highway Patrol officer after Bell’s car ran out of gas on Interstate 5, Los Angeles police said.
Read more: http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/10/31/...#ixzz1cPcRMfD9
11-01-2011, 05:45 AM #4Registered User
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Whoa.......Michael has been missing six weeks now??
No videos at gas station?
Would the police drive him there to get gas and not drive him back to his car?
Did he call for roadside service or help from station?
Not much information.
Where are you Michael??
Hoping for a speedy and safe return.
02-01-2012, 05:02 PM #5
I can't find any information on Michael - no NamUs, no posters nothing! Where are you Michael and who's looking for you??
02-01-2012, 05:40 PM #6
I live near here and have never heard of Michael Bell.
Let's start with a picture of this young man.
I also would love to see the video from the connivence store."Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open." - James Dewar
03-18-2012, 08:46 AM #7
03-18-2012, 11:01 AM #8
If he lives in LA and was last seen there, I wonder why was he almost 4 hours north at 3am? This is a traveling highway with Sacramento being the next major city. Where he was last seen is the middle of nowhere. If he was supposed to be leaving for a trip, I wonder where he was heading?
03-18-2012, 02:23 PM #9Registered User
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09-16-2014, 07:22 PM #10Registered User
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Michael was entered into NamUs in March of this year.
First name Michael
Middle name Darnell
Last name Bell
Date last seen September 16, 2011 00:00
Date entered 03/05/2014
Age last seen 26 to years old
Age now 28 years old
Race Black/African American
Height (inches) 72.0
Weight (pounds) 190.0
Dental Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered
DNA Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete
Fingerprint Information Status: Fingerprint information is available and entered
Michael has been missing for 3 years today.
09-18-2015, 07:28 AM #11Registered User
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Michael has been missing for four years now. The circumstances are very strange and there are so many unanswered questions. If this had happened in 1981, I would understand the lack of details but 2011 wasn't that long ago, so you would think that more information would be available.
Like others have asked, why didn't CHP give him a ride back to his car? How far of a walk was it? Is it illegal to walk on the freeway? If so, did Michael tell the patrol officer something that indicated he didn't need a ride back? Were any credit card sales recorded from the gas station?
Days later, his family checked his apartment. When they did, they found that his "personal belongings" were still there. Since he was (presumably) going to Ohio, shouldn't some of his things have been missing? With regards to the trip, it didn't specify if they believe he was on his way when he ran out of gas. I would imagine that not too many people would make that drive and opt to fly instead.
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