Event Today To Mark 15 Years Since Disappearance Of Danielle Bell

September 28, 2016

Recent missing person cases in our local area have garnered community attention and awareness. KlaasKIDS Foundation will host a Missing Person’s Community Awareness walk on September 28 th to bring additional attention and awareness to the 15 missing person cases in Escambia and Santa Rosa County.

Today,, the 15th anniversary of the disappearance of Danielle Bell of Cantonment, the KlaasKIDS Foundation will host a Missing Person’s Community Awareness Walk at Bartram Park on Bayfront Parkway beginning at 6:00 p.m.

This free community event will include family members of our local missing persons and a “silent” walk from Bartram Park to the Hawkshaw Missing Person’s Memorial.

Brad Dennis, director of Search Operations for the KlaasKids Foundation, will also announce new efforts to search for answers surrounding Danielle Bell’s suspicious disappearance.

Danielle Arion Bell was last seen at age 14 at a party in September 2001 in the 500 block of Cedar Tree Lane, between Highway 29 and Highway 95A in Cantonment.

Witnesses told authorities that Bell left a party with a man that was in his mid-twenties at the time. Escambia County deputies later questioned that man and searched his home, but he was never charged in connection with the case.

During the summer of 2007, Alfredo Gomez Sanchez, Jr. was charged with providing law enforcement with false information about his whereabouts at the time Bell disappeared. He was not implicated in her disappearance.

In October 2010, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit served a search warrant at the home.

As part of that search warrant, a septic tank behind the residence was pumped out, and dogs from Escambia County Search and Rescue were also used to search the area.  Investigators said nothing was found, and they would not say what new information might have led to the search.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Danielle has a scar on her right forearm and blue eyes. She had brown hair at the time of her disappearance. Danielle, whose nickname was “Dani”, was a member of the Tate Aggies cheerleading squad. The popular teen enjoyed dancing and drawing.

Anyone with information about Bell is asked to call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (850) 436-9580 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP.

Pictured top: Investigators pumped and searched a septic tank at this home on Cedar Tree Lane in Cantonment in October 2010 in the case of missing teen Danielle Arion Bell. Pictured below: A search and rescue K-9 team was also on site. Pictured bottom: A septic tank company employee prepares to pump a septic tank at the home. NorthEscambia.com file photos, click to enlarge.


2 Responses to “Event Today To Mark 15 Years Since Disappearance Of Danielle Bell”

  1. Melodies4us on September 28th, 2016 10:02 pm

    Someone knows something. If it’s you , please send an anonymous note to the sheriff. Type it up on someone’s key board. Mail it to Escambia County Sheriff. No one needs to know who you are. It would be a great blessing to Danielle’s family to finally know what really happened to her. No one will be able to find out who you are. Just do the right thing. Please.

  2. Barbie on September 28th, 2016 11:04 am

    I could not imagine telling my daughter to have a good day & waving as she walks away only to NEVER see her again. My heart aches for her Mom Susan & her sisters who live this daily nightmare. Such a beautiful girl & she deserves someone to tell what they know!!! R.I.P. Beautiful Angel