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News Release

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Media Relations

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Los Angeles:  The family of Michael Bell and the Los Angeles Police Department are asking for the public’s help in finding Bell who has been missing for more than a month.

On September 17, 2011, at about 3 a.m., Bell was last seen at the Chevron Gas station in the 46300 block of West Panoche Road in Firebaugh, California.  Bell was transported to the gas station by the CHP (California Highway Patrol) unit after his car ran out of gas on the Interstate 5 Freeway in Fresno County area.  The Bell’s family filed a missing person’s report on September 22, 2011 after Bell failed to meet them in Ohio.  Bell has not been seen or heard from since.

Bell is described as a male Black with brown hair and brown eyes.  He stands about 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 190 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a white shirt, black pants and white tennis shoes. Bell was also carrying a dark colored backpack.

Bell’s photograph is attached to the second page of this news release.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Bell is asked to contact LAPD Missing Persons Unit Detective D. Baca at 213-996-1800. During non business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.