The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 1, 2011 Page 3A
See Oliver on Page 9A
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.com
our years ago,
, 34, an energetic, outgo-ing, free spirit, was kidnapped in broad daylight in front of witnesses,never to be seen again.“There’s no way on God’s greenearth you can totally disappear,” said
, Bowie’s mother.“People were standing there when shewas taken. Nobody knows anything.”Bowie grew up in Pittsburgh liv-ing with her mother, stepfather
and four siblings. After graduatinghigh school, Bowie attended CheneyUniversity in Pennsylvania, where shegraduated as valedictorian of her classwith an accounting degree“She was a very smart girl,” How-ard said. “She was very active in ev-erything. You name it, she did it.”Bowie moved to Delaware to ac-cept an accounting job with Mitsubi-shi. From there, she moved to Atlantain 1997. For about six weeks, Bowieworked as an exotic dancer at BlueFlame Lounge, an adult club in At-lanta.“She had to make ends meet,”Howard said.Bowie was an entrepreneur. Sheowned Go2girl Promotions Inc., acompany that promoted hip-hop actsin Atlanta, and LaCoca Wear Cloth-ing, a boutique in southwest Atlanta.While in Atlanta, Bowie remainedvery close to her family.“She came home to visit all thetime,” Howard said. “There was not aholiday she missed.”Bowie also made a lot of friendswho still keep in touch with Howard.“They call me on her birthday.They call me on Mother’s Day. Theycall me on my birthday. They still callme,” Howard said.
Monica loved life
One such friend is
D. L. Sparks
,Bowie’s best friend in high school.Bowie moved to Atlanta to join her friend. They were roommates for a couple of years in Atlanta, untilSparks got engaged.“We had a ball all the time,”Sparks said. “Monica didn’t want any- body not laughing in her presence.”“She loved life,” said Sparks, anauthor who has dedicated a book toBowie. “I can remember her life. I re-member her driving me crazy suckingher thumb. I would say, ‘Stop, you’regrown now.’“She knew me better than any- body. Whenever she was around, ev-erything was going to be OK.”Bowie’s only brush with the lawcame two weeks before she disap- peared. Her ancé,
, borrowed Bowie’s car and wasarrested after police found marijuanaand a gun in the car during a trafcstop. When Bowie arrived at the sceneto retrieve her vehicle, she too was ar-rested.Bowie claimed she knew noth-ing about the drugs and gun, and thecharges against the pair were eventu-ally dismissed. Because Walters wason parole at time, he was taken to jail,where he remained on the day Bowiedisappeared.Bowie and Walters planned to getmarried in 2008.
Screams for help
Bowie was last seen at approxi-mately 11:14 p.m. on July 5, 2007.She had apparently had an eveningout. Five witnesses at her apartmentcomplex, Berkshire at Lenox Park,located on Gables Drive near LenoxMall, heard screams for help comingfrom the parking deck.The witnesses told police they sawBowie leaving the scene in a burgun-dy 2002 Mercury Sable with two men.The driver of the car was a heavysetBlack male with fair skin, a beard andlow haircut. The other man was de-scribed as a small, dark-skinned Black male. Witnesses recorded the license plate number and called 911.Police said there was a sign of struggle where the car had been parked. On the ground at the scene, police found a woman’s green jacket,eyeglasses, earring, a gold necklacewith a cross pendant, a broken bottleof perfume, a manila folder contain-ing miscellaneous paperwork, a whitefood container with chicken wings,and two broken ngernails.When the car was found later, itwas abandoned and burned.Two days after Bowie’s disappear-ance,
, 24, of Decatur,was arrested for stealing the car froman acquaintance, and for possession of drugs. He denied any involvement inBowie’s disappearance.After the kidnapping, DeKalbPolice arrested 27-year-old
of Atlanta. Bennett wasseen “coming out of or near” Bowie’sapartment after the alleged kidnap- ping. When his car was stopped leav-ing the parking deck of Bowie’s apart-ment complex, police found a paper bag containing a large amount of cash.Bennett, who has a criminal re-cord in Fulton County containing var-ious narcotics charges, theft and sexu-al battery charges, was not charged inthe kidnapping case.A missing person yer releaseafter the kidnapping said the ve-foot-four, 135-pound Bowie, who was 34at the time, was last seen wearing adark green dress shirt and blue denim pants. She had braces on her teeth.Bowie has not been seen or heardfrom since.
New leads needed
In her search for answers, Howardhas solicited the help of
, two sisters who are psychic criminal investigators.“She was somebody’s daughter and she deserves to be brought home,”Suzanne Vincent said. “Somebodyknows where she is.”After proling the crime, the Vin-cents believe Bowie’s body is within athree-mile radius of where the burnedvehicle was found and is “encased insomething.”The Vincents, who have not vis-ited the site where the kidnapping oc-curred, hope to come to Atlanta some-time this summer to search for leads.“We are still diligently hoping that anew lead will turn up,” said attorney
who represented Bow-ie on her criminal charges which weredropped before she disappeared.“She was a wonderful, open per-son in love with life. When she cameinto a room, the whole room lit up,”Griggs said. “I just wish at some pointwe could give some closure to her family.”Bowie’s case is ofcially classi-ed as “open, but suspended,” said
, public informationofcer for DeKalb County Police.The case will remain suspended until“new, viable information” comes for-ward.The department has “worked allthe leads from the past,” Parish said.Sparks said the trouble that causedBowie’s disappearance came fromwhoever she was hanging around.“At some point it’s apparent thatshe crossed paths with the wrongcrowd,” Sparks said. “The trouble was brought to her. She was not a mean or spiteful person.”Bowie’s family and friends stillmiss her a lot. Her mother still sets a place for Bowie at Thanksgiving andChristmas dinners.Balloons and cake were on handon March 30 as approximately 50 people gathered at Howard’s Pitts- burgh home to remember Bowie’s birthday. Howard still has the un-opened birthday cards.“It’s still fresh for a lot of peo- ple,” Sparks said. “Every year, itdoesn’t get easier.”
Kidnapped woman still missing after four years