Body found in Roseville ID’d as missing Stillwater man


Marjorie Otto/Review Some 80 people showed up the evening of March 26 at the northeast corner of Dale Street and Roselawn Avenue in Roseville to release balloons in remembrance of Ralph Latrez Bell, a missing Stillwater man whose body was found there four days prior.

A body found March 22 in Roseville was identified as a Stillwater man who was reported missing late last year.

Roseville police said in a statement that a person searching for shed deer antlers found the body of 24-year-old Ralph Latrez Bell in the area of Dale Street and Roselawn Avenue at around 12:15 p.m. that day.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the body as Bell, who’d been reported missing Dec. 20, police said. His car was found abandoned in the 800 block of Cope Avenue that evening, roughly a mile from Dale and Roselawn.

The medical examiner’s office determined his preliminary cause of death was suicide, police said, noting the case is still being investigated and that toxicology results are still pending.

Witnesses reportedly saw Bell’s car speed to a stop on Cope Avenue, a dead end, before a man got out and ran off.

Friends, family and volunteers searched for Bell this winter. A balloon release to remember him was held the evening of March 26 near where his body was found, with some 80 people in attendance. They said “We love you,” as they released the balloons.

Bell reportedly had three children with his fiancee. He attended Harding High School in St. Paul and worked in Little Canada.

The Roseville Police Department asks that anyone with information about what happened to Bell contact it at 651-792-7008. You can submit tips online at www.cityofroseville.com/3194/Crime-Tips. 

If you have thoughts of suicide or are concerned about someone else, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

 

Mike Munzenrider

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