Man indicted on mu’rder cha’rges for 2003 sh’ooting de’ath of Tyesha Bell

A former Aurora man has been indicted on mu’rder char’ges for the sh’ooting de’ath of 22-year-old Tyesha Bell.

Prince L. Cunningham was indi’cted on two counts of first-degree mu’rder.

On May 9, 2003, prosecutors say Bell left her Aurora apartment to meet Cunningham.

She lived in an apartment with her sister and almost two-year-old daughter. The child was not at home that evening, officials said.

Bell left behind her ID and a burning candle. She never returned to the apartment, and was never seen or heard from again.

Prosecutors said Cunningham was in a dating relationship with Bell and was the father of her daughter.

In December 2020, a surveyor found a sk’ull on property in Montgomery.

Additional remains were found during the subs’equent investigation.

An autopsy determined that the remains belonged to Bell, and that she di’ed of a gu’nshot wound to the back of her head, pro’secutors said.

“This has been a long and painful 19 years for Tyesha Bell’s family and friends, not knowing what happened to her, and then learning she had been k’illed. Although the outcome of finding Tyesha’s body is not what we had hoped for, we are grateful that we can charge Mr. Cunningham for his cri’minal actions and bring him to justice,” said Kane County State’s Attorney Jamie L. Mosser.

Cunningham appeared in bond court Wednesday.

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