Pond searchers use metal detectors for Bell homicide

Searchers were knee-deep in mud and used metal detectors in a drained pond near Harrisburg.

Searchers were back at a Boone County pond today looking for leads in the homicide investigation of Charlie Bell, Jr.

Boone County Sheriffâ??s Deputies arrested 2 people in connection with Bellâ??s murder on Wednesday night after Bell was missing for 3 years.

Detectives said the location of his body remains a mystery.

Deputies are searching in a drained pond near Harrisburg for Bellâ??s body or any evidence related to his murder. Searchers were knee-deep in mud and used metal detectors. Detectives are not saying whether they found anything significant.

Boone County Sheriffâ??s Detective Tom Oâ??Sullivan said, â??Weâ??re continuing to follow up on information that weâ??ve received interviewing people. Thereâ??s still a lot of work to do.â??

Deputies drained the pond after they arrested Jennifer Freeman and Patrick Curl on charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence. The probable cause statement indicated Freeman admitted she helped clean up the crime scene and dispose of Bellâ??s body. Detectives said Bell was murdered in his house on Route E. The crime scene is just a few miles from the drained pond.

Search teams have been looking for Bellâ??s body since Tuesday.

Freeman and Curl are in the Boone County Jail on a $300,000 bond.