Arrests made in case of man missing for three years

Patrick Curl

UPDATE, July 31, 2014, 5:35 P.M.

Boone County Sheriff's deputies tell KRCG 13, they are searching a pond near the area of state highway J and EE. Deputies say they are following up on leads in the case that may lead them to a body and they have been searching ponds in the area since Tuesday.

Two people have been arrested in connection to the disappearance of Charles "Charlie" Bell of Harrisburg, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

The 34-year-old Bell was last seen on September 15th, 2011 riding his motorcycle near the intersection of Dripping Springs Road and Red Rock Road in Boone County. He was reported missing three days later by family members.

Wednesday night, duputies arrested 33-year-old Jennifer Freeman and 43-year-old Patrick Curl on charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence. Bond for each is set at $300,000 cash only.

Sheriff's deputies are now considering the case a homicide investigation.

Boone County Sheriffâ??s Detective Tom Oâ??Sullivan said, â??We believe that Freeman and Curl participated in cleaning up the crime scene and disposing of Mr. Bellâ??s body. We believe Mr. Bell was murdered in his home on Route E.â??

Sheriffâ??s deputies arrested Curl at his home. They arrested Freeman after pulling her over for a traffic stop. The probable cause statement shows Freeman gave information that connected them to Bellâ??s murder. It also states Freeman lied multiple times during the sheriffâ??s departmentâ??s investigation.

Charlie Bellâ??s family owns a contracting business in Northern Boone County. A flyer showing a $50,000 reward for any information about Charlie Bell, Jr. still hangs in the front window of the Bell Contracting, Inc. office building. Members of Bellâ??s family did not return our calls for comment.

Oâ??Sullivan said, â??Weâ??ve done a tremendous amount of work interviewing countless individuals and chasing down every, and any lead we got. Weâ??re pleased with this development, but we are not done yet.â??

Freeman and Curl are in the Boone County Jail with bonds set at $300,000.