Former Charlotte officer found dead in Mooresville

A former Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who went missing on Wednesday has been found dead, according to Mooresville police.

Michael Scott Bell, 40, of Mooresville last made contact with his family around 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 19. His family expressed concern for his safety due to some recent health issues.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police confirmed that Bell is a former officer with the department. CMPD said Bell was hired by the department on September 14, 2009, and served as an officer until December 2016. He was last assigned to the University City Division.

According to CMPD, around 1 p.m., Thursday, April 20 officers located Bell deceased in Mooresville along his normal walking route. At this time the circumstances of his death are being investigated by the Mooresville Police Department.

Though the investigation is in its early stages, initial indicators are that medical factors may have been at play, police said.

Mooresville Police released the following statement:

Personnel from Mooresville Police, Mooresville Fire-Rescue, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and other area public safety agencies have concluded the search for the missing Mooresville resident, Michael Scott Bell. The outcome is not what we hoped but we thank all who assisted in the search or shared their concern for the responders and the Bell family. The investigation into the cause of his death is continuing. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police released the following statement:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bell family as they grieve the loss of their loved one.

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