Above: Jeanna circa, 1993
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: June 28, 1993
Missing From: Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: December 12, 1981
Age: 11 years old
Height and Weight: 4’3″ and 55 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Female, Blonde hair, Blue eyes, Jeanna’s ears are pierced and she might use the nickname is “Cobbie”
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue t-shirt with gold and white mime masks imprinted across the front, turquoise colored shorts, and a pair of black Rollerblades with neon green colored wheels
NCMEC Number: 781241
Details of Disappearance
Jeanna was last seen in Fargo, North Dakota on June 28th 1993. She was last known to be rollerblading with her friend during the evening hours of that day. They went to a convenience store at approximately 10:30 pm and were seen by a police officer as they did so. Her friend said they started heading home soon afterwards. She stated that she saw Jeanna rollerblade to the corner of south 15th Street and south 4th Avenue. Her friend went inside her home afterwards.
Jeanna never made it home and was never seen or heard from again. Her family was initially unconcerned about it because they assumed that she was staying with other relatives and they didn’t report her missing until the afternoon after she disappeared. She is not considered a runaway as she had no money or extra clothing on her at the time of her disappearance. Investigators believe that Jeanna was abducted.
In January of 1995, Kyle Kenneth Bell, confesses to molesting and killing Jeanna in 1993. He claimed that he sexually assaulted her in his garage later in the evening after she disappeared and that she threatened to tell her parents about it. He stated that he hit her and she slipped on her rollerblades after that. She hit her head and died from her injuries. He told investigators that he dumped Jeanna’s body in the Sheyenne River soon after she was killed. Investigators searched the area initially following his confession but found no trace of Jeanna.
He also recanted his statements and stated he was innocent of involvement in Jeanna’s abduction. He was already convicted of molesting other girls at the time of Jeanna’s disappearance. A second search of the river in 1996 turned up a cinder block and a piece of rope. Investigators have stated that the materials match materials recovered from Bells home. They believe the items found in the river were used in the disposal of Jeanna’s body.
Investigators also uncovered several human hairs from Bells truck and those hairs were matched to Jeanna’s DNA. He was convicted of killing Jeanna in 1999 and was sentenced to life in prison. He was being transported from New Mexico to North Dakota when he escaped. He was found and arrested in Dallas, Texas on January 9th 2000. He was profiled on America’s Most Wanted and a viewer recognized him and called police. He was using the alias “Christopher Larson” when he was a fugitive. He is currently in prison for her murder.
Jeanna has never been found. Investigators have since stopped the searches for her body and her mother passed away at age 58 in 2009. Her father is still alive and hopes to give her a proper funeral.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Fargo Police Department 701-241-1437