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Jeanna Dale North (11) - Fargo ND, 1993
Missing Since: June 28, 1993 from Fargo, North Dakota
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: December 12, 1981
Age: 11 years old
Height and Weight: 4'3, 55 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. North has pierced ears. Her nickname is Cobbie.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue t-shirt with gold and white mime masks imprinted on the front, turquoise shorts and black Rollerblades with neon green wheels.
Details of Disappearance
North was Rollerblading with a friend in her hometown of Fargo, North Dakota during the evening hours of June 28, 1993. A police officer saw the two girls stop at a local convenience store at approximately 10:30 p.m. According to North's friend, they headed back towards their homes shortly thereafter. North's friend said that she arrived at her own residence and watched North Rollerblade to the corner of 15th Street and 4th Avenue. Her friend went inside and North has never been seen again. She never arrived at her family's house, which was 120 feet away from the corner.
North's neighbor, Kyle Kenneth Bell, confessed to molesting and murdering North in January 1995, nearly two years after her disappearance. A photo of Bell is posted below this case summary. Bell stated that he sexually assaulted North during the evening she vanished in his garage. She threatened to tell her parents about the incident and Bell hit her. Bell claimed her death was accidental; he maintained that North slipped while wearing her Rollerblades after he struck her and died as a result of her injuries. Bell said that he dumped North's body in the Sheyenne River shortly after her death. A search of the area began in 1995 after his confession, but no evidence was located.
Bell claimed that his confession was coerced by authorities and recanted his statements in May 1995. Bell had already been convicted of molesting other young girls at the time. Meanwhile, the continuing search of the Sheyenne River produced a piece of rope and a cinder block in 1996. The materials matched elements found inside Bell's residence and it is believed they may have been used in the disposal of North's remains.
Authorities matched several hairs found in Bell's truck to North's DNA and he was convicted of her murder in 1999. Bell was sentenced to life in prison. He escaped from a transport van in New Mexico in October 1999, less than one month after he was sentenced in the crime. Bell's whereabouts remained a mystery until January 9, 2000, when he was arrested in Dallas, Texas. America's Most Wanted profiled Bell on its television show the weekend prior to his capture. Bell was recognized by a viewer of the program as Christopher Larson, an alias Bell employed during his time as a fugitive. Bell has since been imprisoned.
North has never been recovered and searches for her body have been discontinued due to financial constraints.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Fargo Police Department
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