Shaquita Yolanda Bell
North American Missing Persons Network
Shaquita Yolanda Bell

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Above Images: Bell, circa 1996

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 27, 1996 from Alexandria, Alexandria City County, Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 13, 1972
  • Age: 23
  • Height: 5' 6"5'7"
  • Weight: 150 - 170 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Black
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Pierced ears.
    Unknown tattoo on her left breast.
  • Clothing: A black and white plaid tank top,
    black spandex pants, black high-heeled shoes.
  • Jewelry: A diamond bracelet.
  • Case Number: 96012635
  • NCIC Number: M-941151755
  • DNA: Pending

  • Details of Disappearance
    Bell, a mother of three, was last seen about 1 p.m. June 27, 1996, leaving her grandmother's house on East Raymond Avenue in Alexandria with her estranged boyfriend, Michael Dickerson, the father of her youngest child. Relatives said they were perplexed by Bell's decision to leave with him.

    A month earlier, Bell called police to report that Dickerson had beaten her during a squabble in the Laurel apartment that they shared. He was arrested, and Bell moved back in with her grandmother in Alexandria. Three weeks after that incident, Bell called police to say that he had held a gun to her head during a fight. He was arrested in Washington and charged with possession of a machine gun the same day.

    On the day of Bell's disappearance, Dickerson had driven Bell to take two of her children to a doctor's appointment. She called at 2 p.m. and said she was on the way home, and that was the last time anybody heard of her. Dickerson told the family that they had gone into Southeast Washington, where they got into an argument and she left him. Bell worked at a Giant Food bakery and did not have a criminal record. Two of her former boyfriends have been shot to death, and police classified one of those cases as drug-related. Her estranged live-in boyfriend, who police said was the last person known to have seen her alive, was convicted of a drug violation in 1989. He is serving a 15-year prison term after being convicted of beating Bell a month before she disappeared. Bell provided information in at least two investigations, one of them a homicide. According to her mother, Bell was afraid for her life. Foul play is suspected. She is believed to have been a victim of a homicide in the District of Columbia and her remains buried in a wooded area in Fort Washington, MD.

    Alexandria Police are investigating the Missing Person report; D.C. Metropolitan Police are investigating the possible homicide.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Alexandria Police Department

    D. C. Metropolitan Police
    Homicide Division
    Detective James Trainum


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    D. C. Metropolitan Police
    Washington Post
    Charley Project