Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Charles Bell was last seen at the intersection at Dripping Springs Road and Red Rock Road in Boone County, driving a 2009 red Ducati motorcycle. He was headed towards Columbia to run errands. He was supposed to be back in a few hours to go hunting with friends, but he never came home. The last time there was activity on his cellphone was 1:09 p.m. from a cellphone tower at Route J and Interstate 70. He has not used his credit cards or cell phone. Foul play is possible.
Two people have been arrested in connection to the disappearance of Charles "Charlie" Bell of Harrisburg. Deputies arrested Jennifer Freeman and 43-year-old Patrick Curl on charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence. Sheriff's deputies are now considering the case a homicide investigation. Police believe that Freeman and Curl participated in cleaning up the crime scene and disposing of Mr. Bell’s body. They believe Mr. Bell was murdered in his home on Route E. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Curl at his home. Patrick Curl pleaded guilty to taking the license plate off Bell's motorcycle. He received a three-year prison sentence. They arrested Freeman after pulling her over for a traffic stop. The probable cause statement shows Freeman gave information that connected them to Bell’s murder. It also states Freeman lied multiple times during the sheriff’s department’s investigation.
Jennifer Freeman admitted to concealing evidence from Boone County investigators by lying to them about the disappearance of Charlie Bell. Judge Kevin Crane sentenced Freeman to six years in prison. Freeman took investigators to Bell's home, where she explained she witnessed someone shoot Bell in the garage on Route E. She pleaded guilty to cleaning the blood there.
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