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Harrisburg family offers reward for missing man

Saturday, October 8, 2011 | 7:15 p.m. CDT; updated 10:14 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 8, 2011
Charles Dwayne Bell, 34, of Harrisburg has been missing since Sept. 15. His family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts.

HARRISBURG — The family of Charles Dwayne Bell, 34, has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts.

Bell was last seen Sept. 15 driving his red 2009 Ducati motorcycle at the intersection of Dripping Springs Road and Red Rock Road in Boone County, said his father, Charles Bell Sr. Bell had plans to meet friends that afternoon to go hunting.

"He made it to the Columbia area," Charles Bell Sr. said. "The last time there was activity on his cellphone was 1:09 p.m. from a cellphone tower at Route J and Interstate 70."

Bell is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red and black jacket, red and black motorcycle helmet and a black backpack.

"We’re investigating a lot of different leads and talking to a lot of different people," said Maj. Tom Reddin with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. "We’re not ruling anything out at this point. We’re still hoping to find him alive."

Detective Tom O'Sullivan, who has been working on Bell's case for the past two weeks, said five to six detectives are working extensively on the investigation.

The family has organized about 100 people to search for Bell at 1 p.m. Sunday. The search will begin at Harrisburg High School.

"The purpose of the search is to check all of the possible routes back to Harrisburg for any sign of an accident or any personal belongings," Charles Bell Sr. said.


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