Aundria Bowman has probably been located

So they’re pretty sure they’ve found Aundria Bowman, a fourteen-year-old girl who disappeared from Michigan in 1989. Aundria was listed as a runaway for years, but her biological mother was adamant that her adoptive father, Dennis Bowman, had killed her. Aundria disappeared shortly after accusing Dennis of sexual abuse.

Dennis is a seriously sketchy character. In 1980, he attempted to kidnap a nineteen-year-old girl at gunpoint. She got away from him and he served six years in prison. In late 2019, he was charged with the 1980 murder of a 25-year-old Virginia woman, Kathleen Doyle. In January, still in jail awaiting trial for Doyle’s murder, he finally confessed to killing Aundria.

The police didn’t take long to find a body when they searched Dennis’s former property in Monterey Township, Michigan. I’m not sure if Dennis led them to it, or if the police just decided that the concrete slab was a good place to start digging. It could take weeks to identify the skeletal remains, and I’m not resolving Aundria’s case quite yet.

4 thoughts on “Aundria Bowman has probably been located

  1. Patrick Kerrigan February 10, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    Thanks for the update. I sad end to her story. I don’t understand how he got custody of the girl, with his background. We need to hold someone else responsible for him getting custody.

  2. KT Stanko February 11, 2020 / 2:49 pm

    Here’s hoping 2020 and this decade finally give us enough evidence or a confession for the hundreds of profiles where the husband/father/step “got into an argument” with their spouse (or child) and was never seen again.

  3. missingmysteries February 19, 2020 / 9:26 pm

    This sadly is not the only case on Charley where an adoptive, foster, or step parent is suspected of causing the disappearance of a child under their care after a claim of abuse was made against them. To me that makes it so much worse: that a guardian gets away with the abuse for as long as possible and then disposes of the victim to prevent witness testimony.

    On another note, Aundria Bowman looks EXACTLY like my mom did at the same age. I stop in shock any time I’ve looked at her case because the resemblance is so strong. My mom died young, back in 1990, and I have her high school photos from the 60s displayed at home and she and Aundria could have been twins.

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