Aurora Police: Body of Woman Missing Since 2003 Found, 'We Implore Anyone With Information To Come Forward'

Aurora Police: Body of Woman Missing Since 2003 Found, ‘We Implore Anyone With Information To Come Forward’

The Aurora Police Department has positively identified human remains located in Kane County in December, as the body of 22-year-old Tyesha Bell, a woman who was reported missing in 2003.

Bell was last seen by her sister inside their shared apartment in the 800 block of North Randall Road in the late evening of May 10, 2003. After receiving a telephone call, she left home with the television on, candles burning in her bedroom and her two young children with family members and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

“Over the past 18 years, investigators have irelessly followed up on numerous leads and theories to bring some sense of justice to Tyesha’s family and loved ones,” Aurora officials said in a news release. “Still, our frustration mounts, considering that we believe someone knows what happened and has yet to come forward.”

In December 2020, human remains were located in Kane County. The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force and the Kane County Coroner’s Office were requested to process and document the scene. The remains were transported to the Kane County Morgue for additional testing.

None of the items found at the location confirmed the identification process. In consultation with a Forensic Odontologist (dentist) and a Forensic Anthropologist (bone specialist), Kane County Coroner Rob Russell created a profile of the decedent and sent DNA to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for analysis. After consultation with the forensics team, the manner of death has been ruled a homicide.

Through DNA analysis by Illinois State Police’s Crime Lab, the remains were positively identified as Bell.

“Our detectives continue to have working theories in Tyesha’s case, but we need more information before criminal charges can be authorized, and that’s where the public comes in,” Aurora Police Department’s Bureau of Investigative Services Cmdr. Jack Fichtel said. “We implore anyone who may have information to please come forward.”

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SOURCE: Aurora Police Department news release