Search continues for missing endangered Caruthersville, Mo. woman

Updated: Mar. 9, 2020 at 7:41 AM CDT
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CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (KFVS) - Police are asking that people “please keep looking” for missing woman Michelle Bell.

On Monday, March 9, Caruthersville police said she has not been found after being missing for months.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, she is suffering from mental illness and has been hallucinating.

Bell is described as 5-feet, 4-inches tall and 105 pounds with blonde hair and green eyes. She was wearing a pink shirt and pink leggings.

Caruthersville Police Chief Tony Jones said they believe she left Caruthersville around 2 a.m. in a maroon Chevy HHR.

On Wednesday, January 15, Caruthersville said that people had called in and reported seeing 36-year-old Bell at her car that broke down at Exit 34 in Mississippi County, Ark.

They ask that people keep calling with information. March 9 marks the third month since her disappearance.

Bell’s family handed out flyers and traveled to farther areas to let others know about her.

Her family hoped by getting the word out about her disappearance they could learn Bell’s whereabouts.

Bell went missing around 11:43 p.m. on Sunday, December 8.

An Endangered Person Advisory was issued two days later on Dec. 10.

Bell’s family expanded their search to Tennessee and Mississippi, but continue their efforts in Missouri and Arkansas.

Several people have reportedly seen her near where her vehicle broke down at Exit 34.

Police said a reward is being offered for the safe return of Bell.

Around 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 9, that vehicle was found unoccupied near Joiner, Ark., which is about an hour away from Caruthersville.

According to the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office in Luxora, Ark., the vehicle was found on an exit ramp of Interstate 55 near Joiner.

Police said she was last seen on Monday December 10, 2019 near her car.

She was seen in Missouri, driving her car on I-55 Southbound, prior to the reported sightings around the car in Ark.

Anyone with information about Bell’s whereabouts is asked to immediately call 911, your local law enforcement agency or the Caruthersville Police Department at 573-333-4101.

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