Overview of Jeanna North
Jeanna North went missing on June 28th, 1993, in Fargo, North Dakota. She was last seen after visiting Island Park Pool with friends, who were later picked up by her father, John. Jeanna then went rollerblading with her friends but never made it home.
The next morning, her parents called her friends and searched the neighborhood, but she was nowhere to be found. The community, including the Polly Klaas Foundation, made efforts to find her, including a profile on America’s Most Wanted.
Despite receiving many leads, the case remained unsolved for three years until Kyle Kenneth Bell, a neighbor and convicted child molester, was named a primary suspect. Despite being questioned, he denied any involvement in Jeanna’s disappearance.
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. Jeanna has never been recovered and searches for her body have been discontinued due to financial constraints. (Information retrieved from CharleyProject.org)