Monday, June 22, 2020

The Disappearance of Aaliyah Bell

Aaliyah Bell was last seen walking toward her uncle’s home in Rock Hill, South Carolina on November 25th, 2014. According to her godmother, Aaliyah left her house around 9:30 PM to walk to her uncle’s house, located less than a mile away on Chesnut Street. Aaliyah told her her godmother she planned to come back the following day. 

Unfortunately, Aaliyah did not return as planned. It was later revealed that she had never arrived at her uncle’s house the previous evening. The 18-year-old was then reported missing by her family members.

Initially, Rock Hill police did not believe foul play was involved in Aaliyah’s disappearance, and she was classified as a runaway. Aaliyah’s family members have disputed this from the beginning for many reasons. Aaliyah left her godmother’s house that evening with very few belongings, basically just the clothes on her back. She left her wallet and cell phone behind, and she also never picked up $100 that had been wired to her by a relative the day before she vanished. Aaliyah was also very active on social media, but none of her pages have been updated since her disappearance.
There were possible sightings of Aaliyah at a motel after her disappearance, but these sightings have not been confirmed. According to Aaliyah’s profile on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Aaliyah could be in Atlanta, Charlotte, or Fayetteville, North Carolina. 
This information suggests that authorities may believe sex trafficking could have played a role involved in her disappearance. In fact, in 2016, Aaliyah’s godmother said that certain authorities suggested that Aaliyah could have been abducted as part of a forced prostitution ring and is being held somewhere against her will. It's unclear if this is still being investigated as a theory. 
Aaliyah was eventually reclassified as an endangered missing person rather than a runaway. She remains at that status today. If you have any information about her whereabouts, please report it here.

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