The Woodward News

July 29, 2013

Investigation continues in man's death

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — FARGO - Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation remained in Ellis County Monday after a Saturday night party just a few miles north of Fargo turned deadly.

As of Monday afternoon, agents were still questioning anyone who attended the party and who might have knowledge regarding the death of 18-year-old Kolby Bowers of Mooreland, said OSBI Public Information Officer Jessica Brown.

Preliminary autopsy reports from the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office indicate Bowers was not likely the victim of a homicide, Brown said late Monday afternoon.  Medical examiners are performing toxicology screenings to help determine what might have caused Bowers' death, she said.

However, a 911 call made from Woodward Regional Hospital to the Woodward 911 center in the early morning hours Sunday list the emergency as an "assault with weapon."

The report includes the information that an unresponsive male was brought to the Woodward Regional Hospital in the back of a pickup. The report also includes information that there were several young people waiting in the waiting room, according to comments made on the 911 call log.

Brown said the incident had allegedly taken place near County Road 42, north of Fargo. No further information regarding the identity of the property owner has been released, she said.

According to the first OSBI information release regarding the incident Sunday evening, events happened as follows: During the early morning hours Sunday, July 28, Ellis County Sheriff's Office was notified of the death of Bowers by Woodward police officials. Bowers was allegedly brought earlier to Woodward Regional Hospital from the location of the party by a private vehicle around midnight, the release noted.

No information about the driver of the vehicle or a description of the vehicle that dropped Bowers off at the hospital has been released.

While they wait for more autopsy results, OSBI agents continue to question anyone with information regarding what transpired at the party.

"My agents are continuing to talk to the folks out there at the party to glean any knowledge they can, while they are awaiting the results of the autopsy from the medical examiner," Brown said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the OSBI  Tipline  at 1-800-522-8017.