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Warren PD: We believe missing teen is still alive

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) - "I believe we're going to find her." The words of Warren Police Detective Nicholas Carney. He said Wednesday that until he hears otherwise, he believes that missing Warren teen Alesha Bell is alive.

Warren Police held a press conference Wednesday to update the public on the case involving the 18-year-old Bell. She has not been seen since July 23. Bell's sister Eunicea Knepper echoes detective Carney's optimism, saying "We're hopeful. We believe she's still out there. We want people to keep looking. We just want her to come home."

Bell's mother, Tiffany Knepper, made a plea for the safe return of her daughter during the conference.

"She's my daughter. I want her home. I can't give up on her," Knepper said. "She's my daughter. This isn't something she would do, really at all."

Police previously confirmed that Bell had some sort of connection to 40-year-old James Brooks, who lived at a home on Route 6 in Roaming Shores, Ohio where bones were found on Thursday, Aug. 20. Brooks faces a charge of abusing a corpse, among others.

Despite that, Detective Carney isn't holding off. "We're not worried about filing charges at this point. We want to get her home alive. So if you have her or anybody knows where she's at, it can be anonymous. Give us a tip."

Bell's family is planning a prayer walk Thursday in the Palmyra Heights section of Warren starting on Southwest Boulevard SW at 5 p.m.

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