Details of Disappearance
Bell was last seen in Citronelle, Alabama on February 23, 2016. He had been living with a couple on Middle Earth Road off and on for three years, and was last seen at their residence. Just before his disappearance, he stayed with the couple for a week, went to his mother's home in Saraland, Alabama to do laundry and pack some fresh food, then returned to Citronelle. He left behind his clothing, backpack, tent, wallet, money, identification, car and all the fresh produce he'd picked, and has never been heard from again.
Severe weather struck the area the night after Bell's disappearance, and may have wiped out any footprints or other evidence as to his whereabouts. It's uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning; his mother stated he'd gone on hiking trips before, but never for longer than a couple of days and never without survival gear, which he didn't have when he disappeared. His case remains unsolved.