David Michael Bell’s remains identified

Some remains found east of Cisco, Texas last week have been identified as David Michael Bell, a Charley Project missing person. He was 27 years old when he disappeared from Cisco the day after Christmas in 2007. His case got more than the average amount of attention for a black man, I think because he had been a minor league baseball player and also he was kind of cute.

The police don’t suspect foul play in David’s death, though with skeletal remains you would be hard pressed to find proof of murder. His car had run out of gas and they think he might have gotten lost walking to get help and gotten hypothermia. He may have also been having mental problems when he disappeared. He stopped randomly at a church that day and made some remarks that were so bizarre the pastor called the cops. But when the police came, David was acting normal and so they let him go. No way anyone could have known, of course.

This is the part, I suppose, where I’m supposed to say something about closure. But closure is such an overrated concept.

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4 thoughts on “David Michael Bell’s remains identified

  1. Cheryl July 11, 2009 / 12:54 pm

    I’ve noticed that African- Americans don’t get as much attention as “cute little white girls”. Even missing Children who are not white get very little fan fare. Since I started reading your site I’ve also noticed that there are no family/personal websites (ie: Facebook, MySpace, HelpfindSoandSo) devoted to any missing African-Americans (I always look). Kind of sad.

    • Meaghan July 11, 2009 / 1:43 pm

      There is a blog called “Black and Missing” which profiles missing black people. I think they also have some Hispanics on there as well as blacks.

      I’ve written elsewhere on this blog about why missing minorities don’t get as much attention as white people. In fact, my post on missing black babies is one of the most-read posts on the whole blog.

  2. Cheryl July 11, 2009 / 8:09 pm

    Hey I just came across a link on one of your casefiles that has a Biracial Female. Teista Swain Burwell

  3. helen August 6, 2012 / 12:10 pm

    wow, poor blonde hair white girl didnt ask for this, in fact lets just say that no child ask to get abducted. i think a point is made by cheryl in her post that there are very little personal sites such as facebook, my space etc utilizing personal profiles of blacks, hispanics and other minorities. well, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. it is usually set up by family and freinds. it doesnt just happen or some say police are not doing anything or doing enough and this is an issue with any missing person. unless you have a crime scene or they come across the missing person some other way, not much happens. this is when family and freinds get proactive and start looking into what they can do instead of waiting for somebody else to do something. i really dont think its a race issue but has been labled that way in media in the last few years and almost word for word is repeated.i and many others that give of our time and resources to find the missing really dont care about the color, age,economic status or the circumstancess of why they”re missing , only the relavent facts that may hlp to find them. you also cant say that internet or media isnt available to them. you can use the library for computer and media you just have to bug the heck out of them and saving a little info for media for another day to keep them going with missing loved one. bottomline: stay proaactive and make a lot of noise, dont worry if your bothering the police, bug the heck out of them and media. call the tv stations. just dont sit at home waiting for somebody to do something, there is so much all can do and these websites dont charge and will walk you through getting your info posted and a lot of the office supply will donate the cdpies for missing person posters. each step will lead you to another idea for letting everybody know and you would be amazed at the flow of compassion of people wanting to help without making it a race thing

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