A Minnesota mother is speaking out after she says officials claimed the death of her son—who was reportedly found in an abandoned lot with multiple stab wounds to his chest three months after his disappearance—was a suicide.
The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported that Corhea Taylor learned of the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office’s determination regarding her son, Ralph Bell, 24, on Monday. According to reports, Bell vanished from Stillwater on December 20 following an argument with his fiancé; his body was found on a vacant lot Friday, about a mile from where police located his car an hour after his disappearance.
Citing police, KSTP reported that someone looking for deer antlers discovered Bell’s remains near some trees on a lot in Roseville.
The Pioneer Press reported that the investigation is ongoing and toxicology results are pending. Authorities haven’t publicized any details surrounding 24-year-old’s death.
Taylor has expressed disbelief that stab wounds to Bell’s chest were self-inflicted, asking KTSP why her son would subject himself to such a torturous death.
The mother-of-four also alleged that police said there wasn’t any blood located in Bell’s car and declined to tell her whether they located a knife.
“I do not think he did that. There is no way someone would stab themselves multiple times like that,” she said to the Pioneer Press.
“I know it wasn’t suicide.”
“We found him, but not what happened to him,” Bell’s fiancé, Kalia Holmes, wrote on Facebook Saturday. On Monday, she took to Facebook and denied claims that she played a role in Bell’s death or that he killed himself.
“Get out here and find the TRUTH cause while the focus is on me the REAL person who did this is walking and talking free,” Holmes wrote, alleging her children’s father was murdered.
I said to myself so many times that I am not gonna feed into the Bullshit, but a person can only take so much bullshit….
Bell was reportedly a father of three children—two girls, ages 3, and 5, and a son who was born Saturday. KTSP reported that Holmes named their newborn son Ralph Bell Jr.
Bell’s mother told the news station, “I have a lot of questions still to be answered and I want those answers. We are not going to stop until we get justice for Ralph.”
[Featured image: Corhea Taylor, Ralph Bell/Facebook]