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Helicopter to search for missing Harrisburg man

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | 2:09 p.m. CDT

HARRISBURG — A helicopter manned by the Boone County Sheriff's Department will search Tuesday for more clues into the disappearance of Charles Dwayne Bell, 34, who went missing on Sept. 15.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Bell's whereabouts, according to a previous Missourian report.  He was last seen at the intersection of Dripping Springs Road and Red Rock Road.

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"For the last couple weeks, we have been contacting friends and associates to find more information," said Detective Tom O'Sullivan, one of the investigators involved in the search for Bell. "We're going up in a helicopter today to see if we can spot anything from the air."

O'Sullivan said the sheriff's department has used helicopters in similar cases, but it is not a frequent occurrence.

Bell is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes, is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds. He was wearing a red and black jacket, red and black motorcycle helmet and a black backpack at the time of his disappearance. The family organized a search with about 100 people Sunday to look for clues into his disappearance, but detectives are still seeking information.

Bell's father, also named Charlie Bell, said his son is a self-employed construction worker who mainly worked in Boone County areas. His son left Sept. 15 on a red Ducati motorcycle to go to Columbia for errands.

"When he left that morning, he said he'd be back at 1:00 for a hunting trip," Bell's father said. "He left at about 10 a.m."

Bell likes to fish and hunt, his father said. The hunting trip was not something he would miss.

"It's just a big mystery," Bell's father said. "There's zero clues. No credit cards, cellphone or passport were used."

O'Sullivan asks that if anyone has information about Charlie Bell's disappearance or his location to contact the sheriff's department at 875-1111.


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