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Posted on: November 22, 2019

[ARCHIVED] 39-year-old murder case solved

Norfolk, Va. (NPD) - The Norfolk Police Homicide/Cold Case Section, in partnership with NCIS, the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, the Allegan County, Michigan Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police, has arrested a 70-year-old Michigan man for the 1980 homicide of 25-year-old Kathleen O'Brien Doyle. Earlier today, Dennis Lee Bowman was arrested in Allegan County, Michigan, where he now resides. Dennis Bowman, 31 - 1980Kathleen Doyle, 25 Updated

Kathleen Doyle was found murdered in her Norfolk residence on September 11, 1980. She was the daughter of a naval officer and the wife of a U.S. Navy pilot who was deployed at the time of the homicide. Over the years, Norfolk Police detectives and NCIS agents have been unyielding in their efforts to bring Mrs. Doyle’s killer to justice. Ultimately, the culmination of these efforts, along with forensic evidence has led to this case being solved.    

Norfolk Chief of Police Larry Boone stated, “This 39 yearlong investigation demonstrates the Norfolk Police Department’s commitment to pursue justice for victims and their families no matter how long it takes. No victim is ever forgotten. I would like to recognize the women and men of NCIS for their commitment to this case. NCIS has been partnered with us from theDennis Bowman, 70 beginning of this investigation, and their contributions throughout the years have been instrumental in solving this case. I would also like to thank the Allegan County, Michigan Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, Ottawa County, Michigan Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Police, for their assistance.” 

Bowman is being held in the State of Michigan, awaiting extradition to Virginia.

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