The death of a man who went missing last week is now being treated as a homicide.
Steven Bell was first reported missing
from his Alton Park home on July 3rd. His body was found underneath a bridge
on Workman Ave
. Saturday (July 5th).
Friends say 65-year-old Steven Bell couldn't get around without his wheelchair. So when one neighbor went by to check on Bell and found his door unlocked, his TV on, and his wheelchair abandoned, they knew something had gone wrong.It's unclear how long Bell had been missing, but ultimately police found his body just over this bridge.
Benny Watkins has lived next door to Bell for 38 years. After he heard about his neighbor's disappearance, he says he began to question his own safety."I just see a lot of people coming and going, but it wasn't nobody that I really know. I just assumed that he had a large family. That's just the way I look at it. I was scared at first because I stay right next door. It really kind of kept me wondering for a minute."
Neighbors say Bell couldn't get around without his wheel chair and they still want to know how he would've ended up at a creek with his chair still in his front yard. "He was constantly going in his wheelchair and a lot of people had come and went. I've never known him to walk that far," says Watkins.
Chattanooga police department spokesperson Timothy McFarland said Monday afternoon that, "Initial reports from the Medical Examiners Office reveal there are signs of foul play in the death of Steven Bell."
McFarland didn't provide any information regarding cause of death, or about possible suspects.
He said, "The investigation continues and more information will be released when available."
by Mikaya Thurmond