Michael Darnell Bell

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Above: Bell, circa 2011

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 17, 2011 from Mendota, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: January 26, 1986
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 190 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Bell has his nickname "Mike" tattooed on his arm, his last name "Bell" tattooed on his arm, and pierced ears.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white shirt, black pants, white sneakers and a dark-colored backpack.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Bell was last seen in Mendota, California on September 17, 2011. At approximately 3:00 a.m., the car he was driving, his mother's blue 2002 Toyota Camry, ran out of gas on Interstate 5. A California Highway Patrol officer dropped him off at a Chevron gas station in the 46300 block of west Panoche Road near Mendota. He has never been heard from again.

    Bell was supposed to take a trip to Ohio to meet up with his family, but he never arrived and didn't answer their repeated calls to his cellular phone. When his family returned from their trip, they checked his apartment in Los Angeles. His personal belongings were still there, but Bell and his mother's car were missing. His relatives reported him missing on September 22. The police found located his car abandoned where he'd left it when it ran out of gas.

    Both Fresno County and Los Angeles police are investigating Bell's case; it remains unsolved the circumstances of his disappearance are unclear.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles Police Department
    213-996-1800

    OR
    Fresno County Sheriff's Office
    559-488-3111

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    KFSN
    KMPH Fox 26
    The Fresno Bee
    KTLA
    NamUs

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 18, 2012; casefile added.

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