‘I want to find my daughter safe and I want to be able to help my daughter in the future’

Family, law enforcement searching for missing Coffee Co. woman

Kristi Bell Missing Person

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -The Coffee County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they need all hands on deck as they continue searching for Kristi Bell, a Coffee County woman who has been missing for almost three weeks.

An active search for Bell happened Friday, as her family and law enforcement are trying to piece together this mystery.

Detectives have been looking for Bell since she was reported missing.

Officials said Bell was last seen around Jan. 20 in the Nicholls area.

On Thursday, detectives received a call from a woman who advised that law enforcement should focus their search in the 500 block of Deep Wood Road.

According to family members, Kristi Bell was last known to be staying on Deep Woods Road in Nicholls. (Source: WALB)
According to family members, Kristi Bell was last known to be staying on Deep Woods Road in Nicholls. (Source: WALB)

“We received a phone call yesterday from a young lady who advised us that this is the area we need to start looking in,” said Chief Deputy Fred Cole with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office.

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, and Nicholls and Douglas Police activated the search with a helicopter and ATV crews.

Cole said foul play is not suspected and this is solely a missing persons case.

Detectives declared this a missing persons case on Wednesday and have been actively looking for Bell since.

Bell is about 5′4, 143 pounds, and has blonde hair and green eyes.

FAMILY REACTION

Family members were at the home on Deep Woods Road searching for Bell on Friday.

Jim Bowen, Bell’s father, said being at the scene, as well as this whole entire experience, is one he never imagined having to live through.

“You know she’s always called daddy and I’ve always went and now she’s not calling me so I don’t know where to go,” Bowen said.

Since Bell, 25, went missing, the Nicholls community and Bowen has been torn apart searching everywhere for her.

It’s just hard for me because I’m just searching for her and I can’t find her,”
Bowen said.

Bowen said after not hearing from his daughter in almost a month, he started his own search because he missed their bond.

“People had been calling me wanting to know if I’d heard from her. And I told them ‘no, y’all haven’t heard from her?’ And that’s when I got worried and started actually looking for her,” he said.

Jim Bowen, Kristi Bell's father (Source: WALB)
Jim Bowen, Kristi Bell's father (Source: WALB)

Bowen currently has custody of Bell’s 16 month old son, and normally his daughter would call and check in on the infant.

I’ve went the last year from getting a text at least every other day or a phone call to say ‘give mommy a kiss’ to nothing,"
Bowen said.

Recently, Bowen was told to go to a home on the 500 block of Deep Woods Road.

“I found my daughter’s personal belongings," he recalled. “It was very few. They were scattered on the porch and a pink suitcase.”

A place Bowen believes Bell was living with her boyfriend and two others.

As law enforcement searches high and low in that area, Bowen said he’s just holding on to hope.

I want to find my daughter safe and I want to be able to help my daughter in the future,”
Bowen said.

Coffee County Sheriff’s Office said they will continue to search for Bell around the clock until she is found.

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