Massachusetts Murder Suspect Believed to Be in South Florida

A cross-country manhunt for a murder suspect has made its way to South Florida. 

Police in Massachusetts said Cornell Bell, 46, could be at large in Coral Gables and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Cornell is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend Michelle Clarke in Massachusetts last weekend and is now believed to be hiding out in South Florida.

Close friends are still in mourning over Clarke’s death, as investigators work to find Bell, who police say has ties to Miami.

Investigators received word on Thursday that he had been in the Coral Gables area.

Police told NBC 6 that Bell had several Massachusetts drivers licenses under three aliases, and sometimes goes by a half dozen other names, including Tony Smith, Mark Simmons, Cornel James, Cornel Carara, Cavin Lebert and Kerrol Bailey.

Investigators said Clarke’s boyfriend called police when he didn’t hear from her after a bartending shift.

"All of the Coral Gables Police Department have boots on the ground, have the subjects picture, the description of the vehicle he supposed to be operating, as well as a tag," said PIO Kelly Denham. "We are on the lookout for this dangerous individual to see if he is in our area we can assist in making an arrest."

Bell has a violent past, police said. According to police, his record includes two outstanding warrants – one for a 1997 assault with intent to commit murder and another for a 2002 bank robbery.

Police say he may be driving a stolen dark blue Ford pickup truck with a Massachusetts plate: FF47BK.

If you have seen him or know where he may be, you’re asked to call 911 immediately.

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