JEFFERSON, Ohio (WYTV) — The Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday that bones found in Roaming Shores, Ohio belonged to missing Warren teen Alesha Bell.
At a press conference, Ashtabula County Sheriff William Johnson confirmed that tests showed that DNA from the human remains matched samples provided by Bell’s mother, Tiffany Knepper.
Johnson also called Bell’s death a homicide and said that police are waiting on more forensic information from the remains.
Narcotics agents discovered the bones when they raided a home on Route 6 in Roaming Shores on Aug. 20. The sheriff’s office said they found human bones in a backyard fire pit and in the woods near the rear of the property. Deputies then arrested 40-year-old James Brooks, charging him with abuse of a corpse and drug trafficking.
Police confirmed that Brooks has met missing 18-year-old Warren teen Alesha Bell, but have not clarified the link between him and Bell.