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Police: We may never find missing woman

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 7 -- A North Carolina police official said Monday that investigators may never know what happened to a part-time model who disappeared 12 years ago. Sandee Elaine Cornett, 26, disappeared from her Charlotte, N.C., home in 1984 and never was seen again.

Primary suspect Larry Gene Bell, 47, was executed in neighboring South Carolina Friday on two other murder convictions without providing authorities hoped-for new leads in the case, said Charlotte Police Sgt. Rick Sanders. Bell was executed for the kidnapping and murders of two girls in South Carolina in 1985. Debra Mae Helmick, 9, and Shari Faye Smith, 17, were slain about a month apart. Both girls were abducted from their front yards in broad daylight and their parents were called and taunted before the victims were killed, said Sanders. 'Bell was a serial killer who received intense pleasure from stalking and killing these females,' Sanders said. 'There never was a motive for the slayings, although sex was a factor.' Sanders would not elaborate 'out of respect for the families of the victims.' Bell reportedly told North Carolina authorities his 'evil twin' had killed Cornett by placing a plastic bag over her head after tying her up inside her home. Bell, who professed to be Jesus Christ, claimed he floated above the murder scene watching as his evil twin killed the woman and stole her bank card, said Sanders. State solicitor Donnie Myers added that Bell knew details about three withdrawals totaling $1,000 from Cornett's account after she disappeared. According to Sanders, Bell repeatedly teased investigators for years about the location of Cornett's body, even drawing a map for them once, but the woman never was found. Bell's attorney turned down a request from Charlotte police to interview the condemned man one last time.

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