Man connected to 2011 Harrisburg murder sentenced Monday
COLUMBIA - Boone County Circuit Judge Kevin Crane sentenced Patrick Curl to three years in prison for his connection to the 2011 disappearance and homicide of Charles Bell Monday. Curl confessed to hiding evidence from police investigators during his trial on June 8th.
Curl confessed he intentionally withheld the location of Bell's motorcycle license plates from police. At the trial Curl denied any personal involvement with Bell's disappearance, but he said he did know that Bell was missing when he hid the license plates.
Charles Bell was reported missing in September of 2011. His family says the last they the heard of him is he was headed to Columbia on his motorcycle.
Police arrested Curl in July 2014, and he has been in jail since August 2014.
Bell's family was present while the judge sentenced Curl. However, Bell's family seemed to take little comfort from the sentencing.
"The evidence against him should have gotten him more charges," said Bell's father.
Following the sentencing, the family said they were "frustrated, confused and anxious." They said even though the judge convicted Curl of his crime, it does not change the fact that Charles is still missing.
"Somebody knows where he is," said Bell's father.
Bell's family is currently offering a $50,000 reward for anyone who will share information that leads to finding him. The Bell family will also be hosting a balloon release event on Charles' birthday, July 20th.
"We want people to know that we're still looking for him," the family said. "We want to encourage anybody who knows anything about Charlie to come forward and share what they know."