Missing Since: 07/05/07
Missing from Atlanta, Georgia
Age at disappearance : 34 years old
Distinguishing Characteristics: Bowie wears braces on her teeth.
Clothing Description: A dark green dress shirt and blue jeans.
Details of Disappearance
Bowie was last seen at Lenox Apartments where she lived in the 2100 block of Gables Drive northeast in Atlanta, Georgia. She was abducted from the parking lot. Witnesses heard a woman scream for help at 11:00 p.m. and then saw a maroon 2002 Mercury Sable driving off. Inside the vehicle were two men in their late twenties or early thirties. One of the men was heavyset and had a beard. Evidence of a struggle was found in the parking lot, including a woman’s jacket, eyeglasses and two broken fingernails. The car seen leaving the scene was located the next day, abandoned and burned. It was badly damaged. On July 7, Authorities arrested Jasper Keels and charged him with the theft of the car. He had borrowed it from an acquaintance on July 4 and never returned it. A photograph of Keels is posted below this case summary.
On June 20, two weeks prior to her disappearance, Bowie and her fiance, Shernotta Walters, were arrested on felony charges after marijuana and a gun were found in her vehicle. Walters was driving; he had borrowed the vehicle from Bowie. Bowie maintained she had no idea how the drugs and gun got in her car. The charges against both of them were eventually dropped, but Walters was jailed because he was on parole and possession of a gun constituted a violation. He was still incarcerated on the day she disappeared. Authorities questioned him about Bowie’s abduction, but he is not being called a suspect and her family does not believe he was involved. It is unclear whether the criminal case is connected to Bowie’s abduction. She has no prior criminal history. She and Walters planned to get married on March 30, 2007.
Bowie had worked as an exotic dancer for a time after she moved to Atlanta from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1999, but had ceased dancing by the time she was abducted. At the time of her disappearance, she owned two businesses: Go2girls Promotions Inc., a hip-hop production company, and LaCoca Wear Clothing, a clothing boutique. She met with her lawyer just hours before her disappearance; he says she was behaving normally and appeared to be in good spirits.
Keels was originally only charged with the theft of the abduction car and with drug possession, but in September 2007 he was also charged with Bowie’s kidnapping. Investigators do not know whether he knew her, but they theorize the abduction was not a random act and was connected to illegal drug activity. They stated they expected to arrest other individuals in connection with the abduction. Bowie’s body has not been located and no one has been charged with causing her death.
Bowie grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from Perry Traditional Academy and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Her disappearance remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.
DeKalb County Police Department ( Georgia)
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