Monday, April 15, 2013
Missing Little Elm teen reunited with family
She disappeared on Tuesday, but was returned home safely by Carrollton police.
LITTLE ELM Update 6:00 p.m.
The Little Elm Facebook fan page has reported that missing 15-year-old J’Teria Bell has been found. Bell had been missing since Tuesday morning when she was seen leaving the Little Elm High School on security cameras.
The update states that Bell contacted her grandmother and met with her at the Carrollton Police Department; the Little Elm Police Department detectives took custody of Bell, who is believed to have left home because of a family dispute.
“She is safe and well,” the update states on the website. “Our thanks goes out to everyone who assisted in the search by forwarding our post, sending prayers and alerting friends and neighbors.”
Original story 4 p.m.
The Little Elm Police Department is seeking information from the public on a missing 15-year-old girl.
The department is searching for J’Teria Bell, who was last seen leaving the Little Elm High School campus at 8:30 a.m. April 9. Bell is 5 feet 3 inches tall and wears eyeglasses.
“She’s made no contact with friends or family or anybody that we know of,” said LEPD Cpt. Rodney Harrison.
Harrison said Bell was disciplined by her mother Monday night in reference to some issues occurring in the home. The next morning, Bell’s mother dropped her off at the high school, where Bell is a freshman, and watched her walk into the building. Security cameras in the school showed Bell walking through the school and leaving the campus.
Harrison said Bell’s computer and cell phone was taken away by her parents as part of their discipline so she has none of those devices to aid officers in tracking her down. Officers have researched her computer and phone records, but nothing indicated that Bell was planning on running away, he added.
Bell does have family in The Colony and Carrollton areas.
“We’re just trying to find her,” Harrison said.
Those who have any information about Bell should contact the police department immediately at 214-975-0460.
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