Man arrested for Virginia woman’s 1980 murder now facing charges for adoptive daughter’s 1989 death

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ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD/WFXR) — More than 31 years after a Hamilton-area girl vanished, her adoptive father faces murder charges in her death.

Dennis Bowman faces charges of open murder, felony murder, first-degree child abuse, and mutilation of a dead body in the death of his 14-year-old daughter Aundria, Allegan County Prosecutor Myrene Koch announced on Friday, May 15.

Aundria was reported as a runaway from the family’s home in Fillmore Township on March 11, 1989.

In February, authorities unearthed skeletal remains at Bowman’s property at 136th Avenue and 32nd Street in Monterey Township, east of Hamilton. On Friday, authorities said the remains had been identified as Aundria’s using medical and DNA testing.

Police were not immediately prepared to say the remains were Aundria’s, but her birth mother Cathy Terkanian told News 8 she was told Bowman had confessed to the murder and directed authorities to where he buried her body.

Bowman, 71, was arrested in November 2019 for the murder of 25-year-old Kathleen Doyle, who was found strangled and stabbed at her home in Norfolk on Sept. 11, 1980. He is currently in jail in Virginia and is expected to be extradited back to Michigan.

He has a criminal record dating back to 1980 that includes charges for assault, burglary, and sexual assault.

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