Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Sarah Kinslow was last seen by her parents on May 1, 2001, when her dad dropped her off at Greenville Middle School in her hometown of Greenville, Texas, at approximately 7:20 a.m. It was not until after the school day ended that the Kinslows were notified their daughter had not attended any of her classes.
Police later found out that she had planned on skipping school with friends from out of town and meet up at nearby East Mount Cemetery. They claim the meeting place had changed and that she never showed up.
Dogs were able to pick up her scent where she had exited her father's car. The dog followed the scent around the school and to a location two blocks away, where it ended in the middle of a street. During the course of the investigation, a teen witness told police she thought she saw Sarah Kinslow getting into a light blue truck, driven by a white male, at the location where the scent trail ended.
Sarah Kinslow's boyfriend, 18-year-old Quinlan resident Curtis Wayne Bell, was later arrested for aggravated sexual assault of a child. Bell, according to police, was one of the individuals the teen was supposed to meet the day she disappeared.
In the weeks that followed, police received tips placing the missing teen in various locations, including a Greenville gas station, where a clerk claimed to recognize her from a missing person flyer. This time, however, police had surveillance footage from the station. She is seen on the video with Bell. He initially denied it was her and said it was a different girl. When he was asked about it again later, he denied he was the person in the video.
Sarah had never run away in the past and was unprepared to be gone for an extended period of time when she went to school that day. She did not take her purse, extra clothes or any personal belongings.
The last sighting of Sarah Kinslow, although not confirmed, occurred on December 25, 2001 in Quinlan.
She may have traveled to the Beaverton, Oregon area. Dental x-rays are available.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Greenville Police Department
Det. Victor Petrea
Texas Department of Public Safety
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children