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MI DOUGLAS GENE BOWERS: Missing from Worth Township, MI - 14 Nov 1997 - Age 50

Discussion in 'Missing 1990 to 1999' started by Scorpio, Nov 17, 2018.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    NamUs: https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/8338/
    Doe Network: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3982dmmi.html

    Bowers was last seen at Waylon's Roadhouse Bar on Lakeshore Road in Worth Township, near Lexington, Michigan. He lived in an apartment above the establishment. His vehicle, a 1985 Buick station wagon, was found on December 8, 1997, in the parking lot of a Meijer store in Fort Gratiot, Michigan. The Michigan State Police Crime Lab found blood on one of the vehicle's windows. Searches were conducted in the surrounding area using cadaver dogs. Foul play is suspected.


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  2. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    http://charleyproject.org/case/douglas-gene-bowers

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    Details of Disappearance
    Bowers was last seen at Waylon's Roadhouse Bar on Lakeshore Road in Worth Township, Michigan on November 14, 1997. He lived in an apartment above the establishment. He has never been heard from again.

    On December 8, Bowers's 1985 Buick Electra station wagon was found in the parking lot of a Meijer store in Fort Gratiot, Michigan. Blood was on one of the car windows. An extensive search of the area surrounding the Meijer store produced no evidence as to Bowers's whereabouts. Foul play is suspected in his case; his disappearance is considered to be a possible homicide.
     
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  3. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    https://www.thetimesherald.com/stor...ase-homicides-share-peculiar-link/2003869002/

    Sanilac County cold-case homicides share peculiar link

    Investigators have a motive, persons of interest, but no body in the 21-year-old missing person case of Douglas Gene Bowers.

    In the case of Douglas D. Hendrick, they had a body, but 45 years later are still searching for a motive and person of interest. The Sanilac County cold cases have a few things in common — they share the same first name, they've yet to be solved and Hendrick was Bower's step-son. But that's as far as the connections go.

    Hendrick was found dead at the age of 19 in front of the Cadillac House Hotel in Lexington on Aug. 27, 1983. Five days prior, the Times Herald had reported the Lexington man had been sentenced to a week in jail after pleading guilty to larceny in a vacant building. He had stolen two tires and rims from a Croswell garage.

    In May 1973, the Times Herald published a birth announcement, stating "Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hendrick, Lexington, a daughter, May 2."

    "There was some speculation that Hendrick possibly fell off the roof of the Cadillac House or was a victim of a hit and run accident as he had some extensive injuries," Sanilac County Sheriff Detective Sgt. Nathan Smith said in an email. "There was also some speculation that this may have been a homicide."

    No motive or person of interest have been identified in the case. Bowers was 50 when he was reported missing Nov. 20, 1997, 24 years after his step-son was found dead in a pool of blood. While the Worth Township man's vehicle was later found at the Fort Gratiot Meijer, he has never been located.

    "I cannot share the motive with you as it is still active, but we do have one," Smith said. "It is believed that he is deceased." Smith said investigators are continuing to ask the public for help in the cases.

    "There are still persons of interest," he said of Bower's case. "We have received no new tips. With most of the cold cases we do revisit them when time allows or new tips come in."

    Both cases were reopened in 2010 when a tip came in linking the men. Smith said it is not easy to say why neither case has been solved.

    "To put it in simple terms, sometimes people are witness to events or have knowledge of what truly occurred. However, for some reason, possibly out of fear, they are reluctant at the time to share the information," he said.

    "We can only hope over time they feel the need to share the information to help clear their own minds.

    "We do believe there are people out there in each of these cases who do have information that can be very helpful and hope that they will someday be willing to share it so we can bring closure to the cases, the families involved and justice for the victims."

    Anyone with any information about either case can call Smith at (810) 648-8360.
     

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