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ND JEANNA NORTH: Missing from Fargo, ND - 28 June 1993 - Age 11

Discussion in 'Missing 1990 to 1999' started by Akoya, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    North was Roller blading with a friend in her hometown of Fargo, North Dakota during the evening hours of June 28, 1993. A police officer saw the two girls stop at a local convenience store at approximately 22.30. According to North's friend, they headed back toward their homes shortly thereafter. North's friend said that she arrived at her own residence and watched North Rollerblade to the corner of 15th Street and 4th Avenue. Her friend went inside and North has never been seen again. She never arrived at her family's house, which was 120 feet away from the corner.

    North's neighbor, Kyle Kenneth Bell, confessed to molesting and murdering North in January 1995, nearly two years after her disappearance. Bell said that he dumped North's body in the Sheyenne River shortly after her death. A search of the area began in 1995 after his confession, but no evidence was located.
    Bell claimed that his confession was coerced by authorities and recanted his statements in May 1995. Bell had already been convicted of molesting other young girls at the time. Meanwhile, the continuing search of the Sheyenne River produced a piece of rope and a cinder block in 1996. The materials matched elements found inside Bell's residence and it is believed they may have been used in the disposal of North's remains.
    Authorities matched several hairs found in Bell's truck to North's DNA and he was convicted of her murder in 1999. Bell was sentenced to life in prison.


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  2. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/14313/22/

    NamUs MP # 14313
    Jeanna North
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    Cass County, North Dakota
    11 year old white female

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 14313

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Jeanna
    Middle name Dale
    Last name North
    Nickname/Alias
    NCMEC number 781241
    Date last seen June 28, 1993 00:00
    Date entered 03/27/2012
    Age last seen 11 to 11 years old
    Age now 36 years old
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 51.0
    Weight (pounds) 55.0

    Circumstances
    City Fargo
    State North Dakota
    Zip code
    County Cass
    Circumstances
    Jeanna was last seen on June 28, 1993.

    Physical
    Hair color Brown
    Head hair
    Light brown

    Left eye color Blue
    Right eye color Blue
    Eye description

    No known distinctive body features

    Clothing
    Blue t-shirt with white mime masks imprinted on the front, turquoise shorts, and black rollerblades with neon green wheels
    Footwear
    Black rollerblades with neon green wheels

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is currently not available

    DNA
    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Sgt.
    First name Jim
    Last name VanLith
    Phone 701-235-4493
    Website
    Case number 93005584
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction Local
    Agency Fargo Police Department
    Address 1 222 4th Street North
    Address 2
    City Fargo
    State North Dakota
    Zip code 58107
     
  3. Akoya

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  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1025dfnd.html

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 1025DFND

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    Jeanna Dale North
    Missing since June 28, 1993 from Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota.
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction

    Vital Statistics
      • Date Of Birth: December 12, 1981
      • Age at Time of Disappearance: 11 years old
      • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'3"; 55 lbs.
      • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; blue eyes.
      • Clothing: Blue T-shirt with two gold and white mime masks on the front, turquoise shorts, black roller blades with neon green wheels.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    North was Roller blading with a friend in her hometown of Fargo, North Dakota during the evening hours of June 28, 1993. A police officer saw the two girls stop at a local convenience store at approximately 22.30. According to North's friend, they headed back toward their homes shortly thereafter. North's friend said that she arrived at her own residence and watched North Rollerblade to the corner of 15th Street and 4th Avenue. Her friend went inside and North has never been seen again. She never arrived at her family's house, which was 120 feet away from the corner.

    North's neighbor, Kyle Kenneth Bell, confessed to molesting and murdering North in January 1995, nearly two years after her disappearance. Bell said that he dumped North's body in the Sheyenne River shortly after her death. A search of the area began in 1995 after his confession, but no evidence was located.
    Bell claimed that his confession was coerced by authorities and recanted his statements in May 1995. Bell had already been convicted of molesting other young girls at the time. Meanwhile, the continuing search of the Sheyenne River produced a piece of rope and a cinder block in 1996. The materials matched elements found inside Bell's residence and it is believed they may have been used in the disposal of North's remains.
    Authorities matched several hairs found in Bell's truck to North's DNA and he was convicted of her murder in 1999. Bell was sentenced to life in prison.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Fargo Police Department
    701-235-4493


    Source Information:
    NMCO
     
  5. Akoya

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  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    Bell said that he dumped North's body in the Sheyenne River shortly after her death.

    www.twincities.com
    The Cass County 20 bridge north of West Fargo spans the Sheyenne River where Kyle Bell....

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  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    North's friend said that she arrived at her own residence and watched North Rollerblade to the corner of 15th Street and 4th Avenue. Her friend went inside and North has never been seen again. She never arrived at her family's house, which was 120 feet away from the corner.

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    4th Ave S & 15th St S, Fargo, ND 58103
     
  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://bismarcktribune.com/news/sta...cle_7a104f67-aa40-5259-af7d-05c27b536dfe.html

    Kyle Bell requests release from prison
    • BLAKE NICHOLSON/Associated Press Writer
    • May 29, 2008
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    In this Sept. 24, 1999 file photo Kyle Bell listens as a judge sentences him to life in prison for killing 11-year-old Jeanna North in 1993. Bell is asking U.S. District Judge Dan Hovland to release him from prison, saying his rights are being violated, Thursday, May 29, 2008. (AP Photo/The Forum, Dave Wallis, file) DAVE WALLIS



    A Fargo man sentenced to life for murdering an 11-year-old girl has no grounds to seek release from a maximum-security federal prison in Colorado, North Dakota prosecutors say.

    Kyle Bell was convicted in 1999 of killing Jeanna North, whose family lived in his Fargo neighborhood. Bell is asking U.S. District Judge Dan Hovland to release him from prison, saying his rights are being violated.

    Bell, 40, argues in handwritten court documents that as a state prisoner, he is being illegally confined in a federal facility where he cannot visit with family members and friends and where he is unable to work and earn money as other state prisoners can.

    "I have been placed in a more confined, harsher environment, increasing my punishment," Bell wrote.

    In response, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem cited Bell's escape from a prison transport bus in 1999. He also said Bell had asked the North Dakota Penitentiary warden for protection from other inmates while he was housed there in the mid-1990s for unrelated child molestation crimes.

    Stenehjem said in court documents filed this week that Bell was not transferred to Colorado "for retaliatory reasons," but that the transfer was rational and proper.

    Bell was sent to the federal penitentiary in Florence, Colo., after an escape from a private prisoner transport bus in October 1999. The bus had stopped for fuel in New Mexico on its way to Oregon.


    He was on the lam for three months but was recaptured in Dallas in January 2000, after his case was featured on the "America's Most Wanted" TV show.

    Bell has unsuccessfully tried earlier to appeal his conviction. The North Dakota Supreme Court dismissed an appeal in March 2000 because Bell was a fugitive when the justices were to hear the case.

    Bell says that dismissal violated his rights, an argument Stenehjem rejects.

    "The fugitive dismissal rule is a well-established and recognized rule … as far back as 1897," the attorney general said.

    Bell, in his court filings, appears frustrated, saying he has limited access to law books. "I am not an attorney and really do not know what I am doing," he wrote.

    Bell had asked for a court-appointed lawyer in February, but U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Miller ruled he was not entitled to legal help.

    Bell is eligible for parole on his life sentence after 30 years, but that sentence does not begin until he finishes serving 30 years on the 1995 child molestation sentence.
     
  10. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://charleyproject.org/case/jeanna-dale-north

    Jeanna Dale North

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    • Missing Since06/28/1993
    • Missing FromFargo, North Dakota
    • ClassificationNon-Family Abduction
    • Date of Birth12/12/1981 (36)
    • Age11 years old
    • Height and Weight4'3, 55 pounds
    • Clothing/Jewelry DescriptionA blue t-shirt with gold and white mime masks imprinted on the front, turquoise shorts and black Rollerblades with neon green wheels.
    • Distinguishing CharacteristicsCaucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Jeanna has pierced ears. Her nickname is Cobbie.

    Details of Disappearance
    Jeanna was rollerblading with a friend in her hometown of Fargo, North Dakota during the evening hours of June 28, 1993. A police officer saw the two girls stop at a local convenience store at approximately 10:30 p.m.

    According to Jeanna's friend, they headed back towards their homes shortly thereafter. Jeanna's friend said that she arrived at her own residence and watched Jeanna rollerblade to the corner of south 15th Street and south 4th Avenue. Her friend went inside and Jeanna has never been seen again.

    She never arrived at her family's house, which was only a few hundred feet away from the corner. Jeanna's family was initially unconcerned when she didn't arrive home, as they thought she was with other relatives. They reported her missing the next afternoon. She wasn't carrying any money when she disappeared.

    Jeanna's neighbor, Kyle Kenneth Bell, confessed to molesting and murdering Jeanna in January 1995, nearly two years after her disappearance. A photo of him is posted with this case summary.

    Bell stated that he sexually assaulted Jeanna in his garage during the evening she vanished. She threatened to tell her parents about the incident and Bell hit her. Bell claimed her death was accidental; he maintained that she slipped while wearing her Rollerblades after he struck her and died as a result of her injuries.

    Bell said that he dumped Jeanna's body in the Sheyenne River shortly after her death. A search of the area began in 1995 after his confession, but no evidence was located.

    Bell claimed that his confession was coerced by authorities and recanted his statements in May 1995. He had already been convicted of molesting other young girls at the time.

    Meanwhile, the continuing search of the Sheyenne River produced a piece of rope and a cinder block in 1996. The materials matched elements found inside Bell's residence and it is believed they may have been used in the disposal of Jeanna's remains.

    Authorities matched several hairs found in Bell's truck to Jeanna's DNA and he was convicted of her murder in 1999. Bell was sentenced to life in prison. He escaped from a transport van in New Mexico in October 1999, less than one month after he was sentenced in the crime.

    Bell's whereabouts remained a mystery until January 9, 2000, when he was arrested in Dallas, Texas. America's Most Wanted profiled Bell on its television show the weekend prior to his capture. He was recognized by a viewer of the program as Christopher Larson, an alias Bell employed during his time as a fugitive. Bell has since been imprisoned.

    Jeanna has never been recovered and searches for her body have been discontinued due to financial constraints. Her mother died in 2009, aged fifty-eight.

    Investigating Agency
    • Fargo Police Department 701-241-1437
    Source Information
     
  11. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.inforum.com/content/mother-abducted-child-jeanna-north-dies

    Mother of abducted child Jeanna North dies
    By Dave Olson on Aug 8, 2009 at 12:00 a.m.

    Barbara Sue Hurst died at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo a week ago today

    She was 58.

    Her obituary said she was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanna Dale North.

    It was not the first time Hurst and her daughter had been mentioned in the newspaper.

    When 11-year-old Jeanna was abducted from her Fargo neighborhood and murdered in June 1993, her story made headlines for many years.

    Kyle Bell, a convicted child molester, was charged with the girl's death and found guilty.

    He is in prison and will likely stay there for life.

    When Hurst was married six years ago, she talked to The Forum about her daughter's disappearance (the girl's body has never been found) and explained why she had chosen June 28, 2003, the anniversary of Jeanna's abduction, as her wedding day.

    Hurst, who several years prior had moved to Texas after divorcing Jeanna's father, John North, said she had carried the pain of losing her daughter for so long she wanted Jeanna to be present at her wedding.

    "I thought it would be a real special day to release her spirit," said Hurst, who along with her daughters, Jennifer and Jessica, and son, James, released a balloon to symbolize Jeanna's spirit.

    "We did that," Jessica White said Friday, recalling that wedding day six years ago.

    White said despite her mother's hopes of putting the loss of Jeanna to rest, it didn't work out that way.

    "She tried, but it's just something really, really hard to get over," said White, adding it is the same for everyone in the family.

    "You learn to go on with your life, but the loss is still always there," she said.

    See also: Obituaries

    Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555
     
  12. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.twincities.com/2016/09/...-a-father-seeks-same-from-fargo-girls-killer/

    After Wetterling news, a father seeks same from Fargo girl’s killer

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    The Cass County 20 bridge north of West Fargo spans the Sheyenne River where Kyle Bell told authorities he placed the body of Jeanna North. (Forum News Service: David Samson


    FARGO — John North is glad the parents of Jacob Wetterling finally know what happened to their son after he was snatched from a rural road in St. Joseph, Minn., in 1989. He’s gratified they can finally lay him to rest.

    But North, formerly of Fargo, is still waiting for the same for his youngest daughter. In a phone interview last week from his home in Albuquerque, N.M., North said he holds out hope that day will come.

    “A decent Christian burial would mean a lot to me,” North said.

    The tragedy the North family has endured is at this point a mirror image of the Wetterlings’. Jacob’s parents agreed to a deal struck by prosecutors allowing their son’s confessed killer, Danny Heinrich, 53, of Annandale, Minn., to avoid criminal charges in exchange for helping find the 11-year-old’s body. He did plead guilty in a separate child pornography case.

    Jeanna North’s killer was convicted of murdering her, but her body has never been found.

    She was also 11 years old when she disappeared, on the night of June 28, 1993, while Rollerblading to her north Fargo home from a friend’s house less than a block away.

    Kyle Bell was charged and convicted of Jeanna’s murder in 1999. Bell had told them he dumped her body off a bridge over the Sheyenne River, but in 14 river searches, they never found a trace.

    It’s believed to be the first such conviction in North Dakota lacking the victim’s body, according to prosecutors and defense lawyers.

    Would North rather be in the Wetterling family’s position, knowing the answers?


    “You have to deal with what dice was dealt,” North said. “What was done is done. He’s in prison, and my daughter is still missing.”

    Bell is serving a life sentence for Jeanna’s murder at the U.S. Penitentiary in Tucson, Ariz.

    North said he still prays Bell will show remorse and reveal exactly where he put Jeanna’s body, but isn’t holding his breath for that.

    “It’s unfortunate that the killers of our children don’t have the balls to tell us where their remains are and go to their grave keeping that with them,” North said.

    North is glad there are strong sex offender registration and notification laws now, but they didn’t come in time for Jeanna or Jacob.

    Bell, who had done time for sexual molestation in South Dakota, was not required to register as a sex offender at the time.

    “If I had known, I would have moved my family out of that neighborhood in one day,” North said.

    Now 64 and retired, North lives in the same city as his oldest daughter, Jessica, while his second daughter Jennifer lives in Casselton, N.D. He has five grandchildren. North remains single; his ex-wife Sue died in 2009 at age 58.

    Their youngest, Jeanna, would be 35 years old in December.

    North thinks about what might have been and tries not to live in the past.

    “But there’s not a day in my life that my daughter’s memory is not in my head,” he said.
     
  13. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://charleyross.wordpress.com/2009/08/08/jeanna-dale-norths-mom-dies/

    Jeanna Dale North’s mom dies
    August 8, 2009Meaghan


    Jeanna Dale North disappeared from Fargo, North Dakota in 1993, when she was eleven years old. Later, Kyle Bell was convicted of her murder. He escaped from prison only a month after his sentencing and was on America’s Most Wanted as a result. They found him two months later and he is safely behind bars again.

    Well, Jeanna’s mother died last week. She was only 58 years old. The article doesn’t say what the cause of death was.

    I may have spoken about this earlier in my blog, but I’ve observed that parents of missing children tend to die young. Jeanna’s mother was 58, Debra Frost‘s father was 58, Amanda Berry‘s mother was I believe in her forties or early fifties, and Sofia Juarez‘s mother just twenty-six. These were all deaths from natural causes, too, not accidents or anything like that. I wonder if perhaps the stress of having a missing child leads to a shorter lifespan. But I don’t have a lot of info on this and I’m sure no studies have been done. Perhaps parents of missing kids actually live about as long as anyone else and I only notice the ones who die early. Amy Billig‘s mother died of a heart attack at age 80, after surviving a bout with what should have been terminal lung cancer (she was a smoker). Connie Smith‘s father was still alive last I knew, and in his nineties.


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  14. Akoya

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    http://www.wday.com/news/2624700-60-6-1993-fargo-abduction-case-still-has-missing-pieces

    60 on 6: 1993 Fargo abduction case still has missing pieces
    By Kevin Wallevand on Jun 24, 2013 at 4:54 p.m.

    Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Tonight, as WDAY marks 60 years, a look back at a Fargo abduction case, that tonight, still has pieces of the puzzle missing.

    It was late June of 1993, that 11-year old Jeanna North disappeared from her north-side neighborhood.

    Her body was never found. But the man suspected of killing her is serving time for the murder.

    Those grainy home movies of a bubbly 11 year old Jeanna North still haunt our community. Those tense and unsettling days 20-years ago this week, when our community braced itself and organized an all out search for the north side girl.

    Missing posters went up. Authorities searched the neighborhood, even the river. What Jeanna's parents did not know, the eventual killer lived among them.

    A neighbor, Kyle Bell, convicted child molester, would 19-months later, confess to molesting Jeanna, killing her, and dumping her into the Sheyenne river.

    John Goff 1998- Former Cass States Attorney: "Investigation is now closed, we do not have any leads to follow up on."

    Despite no body, Kyle Bell went to prison for her death. This is the latest picture of him. Jeanna's mother Sue, who openly talked of her struggles with depression and alcohol after the loss of her daughter died in 2009. Jeanna's father, John still lives in Fargo.

    Jeanna's sister simply said, Jeanna would have gone far, she would have done something special.

    Bell is in a federal prison in Tuscon, Arizona. Because of the Jeanna North case, sex offender registration laws are tougher.

    And because Kyle Bell escaped from a transport van 3-weeks after arriving in prison, Congress tightened standards and requirements for private transport companies.
     
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