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$50,000 Offered for Information in 1984 Murder of Virginia State Trooper

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$50,000 Offered for Information in Murder of Virginia State Trooper

FBI, Virginia State Police and Manassas City Police Department Seek Public’s Assistance

In the early morning hours of August 19, 1984, Trooper Johnny Rush Bowman answered the front door of his residence in the Bristoe Station development of Manassas, Virginia.

Moments later, he was repeatedly stabbed by an unknown assailant(s) who fled on foot, leaving behind eyeglasses, a wig, and a construction hard hat as well as DNA evidence that has become a key part of the investigation.

Trooper Bowman’s wife was home during the attack and placed the 911 call for assistance. Sadly, Trooper Bowman passed away shortly thereafter at a local hospital. In addition to his wife, Trooper Bowman left behind a 2-year-old daughter.

Twenty-eight years later, the investigation into the murder continues. Law enforcement is now offering a $50,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the murder.

“While this brutal attack occurred more than 25 years ago, we believe that someone can still provide a piece of the puzzle that will help solve this case,” said James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “It is important for the public to know that no piece of information is too small to share.  With the assistance of advanced forensic science, we are able to actively pursue new leads to identify whoever is responsible for this murder.”

Advancements in forensic testing have identified new information regarding DNA found at the scene. Forensic evidence was originally submitted to the FBI Laboratory for testing in 1984. As new advancements in forensic analysis were made, additional tests were conducted in the late 1990s and again in 2010.

“Solving this homicide has been a priority for the Virginia State Police since it occurred that fateful morning of August 19, 1984,” said Capt. David A. Russillo, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Fairfax Field Office. “Over the past 28 years, this case has taken investigators to as far away as California, Ohio, and other states in their pursuit of the necessary evidence to bring the murderer or murderers to justice.”

Law enforcement agencies are asking anyone with information to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or the Virginia State Police tip line at 703-803-2637.

“I am confident that we are moving in the right direction with this investigation,” said Chief Douglas W. Keen, Manassas City Police Department. “It’s important for the public to understand that even after 28 years, we are committed to solving this murder and bringing the perpetrators to justice.”

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