Family and friends gather to remember the life of missing Warren woman

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WARREN - Hundreds of family members and friends gathered in Warren Sunday to pray and remember 18-year-old  Alesha Bell, whose remains were found in a fire pit in Ashtabula last month.

“Through forensic testifying it’s 99.9 percent,” Ashtabula Sheriff Bill Johnson said during a press conference.

Tiffany Knepper, Bell's mother, and other family members released balloons as they wept and remembered the young mother of a two-year-old.

Bell went missing in July and her mother said she knew something was wrong when a full day went by without hearing from her.

She was last seen with James Brooks of Ashtabula.  Her remains were found in the backyard where Brooks lived.

Brooks is in jail on several charges including abuse of a corpse.  No one has been charged for Bell's murder.

A fund has been set up in Alesha Bell's name at Chase Bank to help with family expenses.