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Tyesha Bell: Remains Of Missing Woman Identified 18 Years Later

Her remains were located in December 2020 but only recently identified. Her death was ruled as a homicide.

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Tyesha Patrice Bell Missing

03/16/2021: Please read the update to this case here.

Eighteen years after she was first reported missing, the remains of Tyesha Bell have been located. I shared Tyesha’s story back in June 2020, explaining that in May 2003, Tyesha was living with her sister when she went outside of their Aurora, Illinois home to take a phone call and never returned. Initially, there weren’t panicked concerns but when none of the 22-year-old’s loved ones could get into contact with her throughout the day, Tyesha’s family contacted the authorities.

Sadly, it’s being reported that the remains of Tyesha Bell were first found back in December, but it took some time to run DNA samples. Soon, authorities learned that the remains were conclusively identified as belonging to Tyesha, but as the information brings some sense of closure to the young mother of two’s family, the revelation also deepens the mystery.

Tyesha Patrice Bell MissingA news report states that Tyesha’s remains—her bones, clothes, and a few personal items—were found in a shallow grave in Kane County, about 30 minutes from Aurora. Tyesha’s death has been ruled a homicide, but at this stage, it’s unclear if investigators have suspects or persons of interest. They are asking the public for help in bringing those responsible for Tyesha’s death to justice.

“Our detectives continue to have working theories in Tyesha’s case, but we need more information before criminal charges can be authorized, and that’s where the public comes in,” Aurora Police Department Bureau of Investigative Services Commander Jack Fichtel said in a statement. “We implore anyone who may have information to please come forward.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call (630) 256-5517 or email tips@aurora.il.us. You can submit information anonymously to the  Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000 (cash reward up to $5,000).

Please share this story about Tyesha Bell to help aid in the investigation into her death. She is our sister and her life matters.


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Kelsey Collins: Teen Testified Against Her Pimp & Vanished Weeks Later

She was just 16 when she was arrested & agreed to testify. At 18, she left home to meet her new BF & never returned.

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Kelsey Collins Missing Teen 2 (1)

She was a teen with her entire life ahead of her, but Kelsey Collins got herself mixed up in the wrong crowd. When she was just three years old, Kelsey’s parents reportedly divorced and she, along with her mother and siblings, were often the target of a violently abusive stepfather. At seven, Kelsey’s mother grabbed her children, changed their names, and left her husband, but even safety from an abusive household didn’t mean that their lives would follow a straight and narrow path. (more…)

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