CORNELL BELL, now 48, was wanted for the murder of his estranged girlfriend Michele Clarke on August 19, 2017 at her home in Weymouth. After the homicide BELL fled in the victim’s pickup truck which was recovered several days later by law enforcement officers in Florida. A warrant charging him with Ms. Clarke’s murder was obtained.
The MSP Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (MSP VFAS) began working with Troopers assigned to the Norfolk County State Police Detective Unit and Weymouth Police Detectives to locate BELL. The case officer was MSP VFAS Trooper Michael Guerriero.
The ensuing investigation revealed that BELL, who was believed to be originally from Jamaica, had previously used numerous names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers in past encounters with law enforcement and had fraudulently obtained several driver’s licenses with different aliases. Additionally, besides the murder warrant, investigators determined that BELL was the subject of three other warrants under an alias for assault, robbery, and firearms offenses.
MSP VFAS placed BELL on the department’s Most Wanted list.
As the months passed Trooper Guerriero and MSP VFAS, in conjunction with the United States Marshals Service Boston Field Office as well as USMS Field Offices in Florida, Georgia and Jamaica, worked ceaselessly to locate BELL.
Recently, that joint investigation developed information that BELL was in Florida. Today, Trooper Guerriero and the USMS developed a possible target location in Dania Beach, a South Florida community on the Atlantic coast, just north of Miami. Deputy US Marshals assigned to the USMS Miami Field Office together with USMS Task Force Officers from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, and the Coral Springs Police Department established surveillance on this location in the area of SE 6th Street in Dania. BELL was subsequently observed performing construction work at a residence and as officers moved in to make the arrest, BELL fled on foot. Officers gave chase apprehended him in the area of 640 SE 3rd Avenue in Dania. BELL is being held as a fugitive from justice on the Massachusetts murder warrant.
Rendition will be arranged, and the defendant prosecuted, by the office of Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey.
“Our Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, Trooper Guerriero, our Troopers in Norfolk County, and our partners at the USMS dedicated countless hours to this investigation over the past two years, demonstrating tenacity, dedication and perseverance,” Colonel Kerry Gilpin, Superintendent of the MSP, said. “We hope the capture of this fugitive brings some solace to Ms. Clarke’s family. Now that this defendant is in custody, we will work the the Norfolk District Attorney to hold him accountable and bring justice to his victim’s family.”