The Woodward News

September 8, 2013

Reward continues to grow

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — The reward for information regarding the death of a local teen has increased from $15,000 to $30,000 in the last week.

According to Tracy Stine, mother of 18-year-old Kolby Bowers, who died over a month ago at a party north of Fargo, a group of anonymous donors has increased the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who might have been involved in an alleged attack on Bowers the evening of July 27 at the party on private property north of Fargo.

Stine put up the original $10,000 cash reward a week ago, which was followed by $5,000 from local business owner Richard Childers.

"There was someone who challenged his friends to each add to the reward money and together they added $13,000," Stine said. "Then, when I got to the feed store that night, there was another envelope with $1,000 in it and then someone called me and added another $1,000."

On the night of July 27, Bowers was found unresponsive at a party on private property by his friends, many of whom indicated later, that he appeared to have been the victim of an assault, Stine said.

He was driven to Woodward Regional Hospital by his friends in a pickup, where his emergency was listed as “assault with weapon” according to the 911 Center reports.

There is an active investigation into Bowers’ death by the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation, according to OSBI Public Affairs Officer Jessica Brown.

A report on the cause of Bowers’ death is pending, according to Eddie Johnson of the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office.

The OSBI is responsible as well for the investigation of other alleged criminal activity that has been reported to have possibly occurred on the private property by some who attended the party, according to an earlier interview with Ellis County Assistant District Attorney, Julie O’Neal.

Currently, Stine is simply warmed by the outpouring of concern and community involvement with regard to her son’s case.

She said she is bolstered by the actions form people who have indicated to her that they too are committed to discovering the truth about what occurred the night of July 27th.

“If really just renews my faith in people,” she said, breaking into tears as she spoke. “I can’t believe that people care that much and that the community is coming together like this.”