Human remains found in December have now been identified as Illinois mother of two, Tyesha Bell.
Bell went missing in 2003 after getting a mysterious phone call and leaving her Chicago home. She was 22-year-old at the time.
“After receiving a telephone call, she left home but left 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,” police said in a statement.
Now, nearly 18 years later, authorities have confirmed that the bones, clothes, and personal items found buried in a shallow grave in Kane County last December are those of Bell.
Police have ruled the case as a homicide. They declined to announce her cause of death.
“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 Cmdr. Jack Fichtel said. “We implore anyone who may have information to please come forward.”
Anyone with information in the case should call a dedicated tip line at (630) 256-5517. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest, police said.