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Columbus Police ID Woman 30 Years After Murder

COLUMBUS (Kate Liebers) -- Thirty years after she was murdered in Columbus, a victim has been identified.

Columbus Division of Police reported Thursday that, on Dec. 6, the latent unit identified the victim as 28-year-old Sharon Rae Bowen. Officials did not immediately reveal how her identity was determined about 18 years after her burial. 

The woman, formerly referred to as "Jane Doe" and "Mary Rose Doe," had been reported missing on Dec. 16, 1982 from the Salt Lake City, Utah area.

About seven months later, on July 2, two fishermen found her partially decomposed body on the north side of Hoover Dam, north of Oxbow Road.

An autopsy confirmed she had been strangled.

Officials kept the victim's body at the Franklin County Morgue for 14 months before she was identified. Numerous police agencies across the country had contacted the Columbus Police Homicide Squad in an attempt to compare their female missing persons to the victim, according to CPD.

She was buried Oct. 27, 1984 using donations raised by Shoemaker Funeral Home and St. Joseph's Cemetery, 6440 S. High St.

High school students from four Roman Catholic Parishes raised funds for a grave marker for "Mary Rose Doe" and held a dedication service Oct. 31, 1998.

Bowen's murder remains unsolved.

CPD are working with detectives from the Salt Lake City Police Department in attempt to locate Brown's family members.

Investigators asked anyone with information to call the Homicide Cold Case Unit at 614-645-4036.

 
 
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