Man who pleaded guilty to 1980 rape, murder of Virginia woman now charged with 1989 murder of teen daughter in Michigan

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(Photo: Courtesy City of Norfolk Sheriff’s Office via WOOD)

(Photo: Courtesy City of Norfolk Sheriff’s Office via WOOD)

ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD/WFXR) — A man who already pleaded guilty to raping and murdering a Virginia woman decades ago has formally been charged with the separate murder of his adopted daughter in Michigan.

Dennis Lee Bowman, 71, was arraigned Thursday, Aug. 6, in Allegan County District Court on felony charges of open murder, felony murder, first-degree child abuse, and mutilation of a dead body.

The charges stem from the death of Bowman’s daughter Aundria. She was 14 when she vanished from the family’s Fillmore Township home, northwest of Hamilton, on March 11, 1989. For years, no one knew what happened to her.

In November 2019, Bowman was arrested for the 1980 murder of U.S. Navy wife, Kathleen Doyle, in Norfolk.

In February, Aundria’s remains were found in a shallow grave at Bowman’s property in Monterey Township, east of Hamilton. Her biological mother told WFXR’s sister station that Bowman told authorities where the body was.

Murder charges for Aundria’s death were filed against him in May.

In June, Bowman pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of Doyle and received two life sentences, plus 20 years for burglary.

He has since been extradited back to Michigan and is expected in court Thursday, Aug. 13, for a probable cause hearing in Aundria’s case.

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