The Woodward News

August 30, 2013

Reward offered for information on teen's death

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Exactly 32 days ago, 18-year-old Kolby Bowers went to a party north of Fargo with some friends from work. He died there.

There are still many questions swirling around the circumstances of Bowers' death and his mother Tracy Stine wants some answers.

Stine is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for an alleged assault on her son, Kolby Bowers the evening of  July 27.

"We will make every effort to protect your anonymity," Stine said.

At present, there is still an active investigation probing into the events of that night, said Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Public Information Officer, Jessica Brown.

"I can guarantee you that we will do everything we can do within the confines of the law to investigate this," Brown said.

Currently, the cause of Bowers' death is still pending, said Eddie Johnson of the Oklahoma Medical Examiners office.

Johnson said while the toxicology results are complete, those have to be included with other findings in the physical autopsy and analyzed by the doctor before a cause of death can be determined.

"The body will tell us what we want to know," Johnson said.

Also still under investigation by the OSBI are any other crimes, such as the alleged serving of alcohol to minors by the party host that night, said Assistant District Attorney for District 2, Julie O'Neal.

"The OSBI is handling the investigation for all possible criminal activity at the party," O'Neal said. "They will complete the investigation and present it to us and the we will review it for possible charges."

According to Stine, there were many at the party who describe Bowers' condition when he was found unresponsive in the grass, as being the victim of an obvious beating attack.

Stine is somewhat frustrated with what she feels is an investigation that has been slow to get on its feet.

"I am working on this, talking to these kids that were at the party and a lot of them, the OSBI has not interviewed yet," she said.

However, Stine said she is aware that there is much about the investigation that OSBI agents are unable to share with her because of its status as open investigation.

Stine is right, said Brown.

"I would assume that she feels that way because we can't give her much information about what we have done," Brown said.

According to Oklahoma Statute, Title 74-Section 150.5D, agents cannot share confidential details of an open investigation.

The Title states-"All records relating to any investigation being conducted by the Bureau, including any records of laboratory services provided to law enforcement agencies pursuant to paragraph 1 of Section 150.2 of this title, shall be confidential and shall not be open to the public..."

So for her part, Stine continues to work at getting more information that could shed some light on the events of that night.

To that end, she has begun talking to many youths who were at the party.

Through her conversations, she said she has discovered there were many who witnessed comments made by an individual whom many say could have attacked Bowers.

Stine is sharing as much information as she can get with investigators and wants to be a conduit of information for those working to answer questions related to the events of that night, she said.

"That is why I posted the reward," she said.

But the investigation process is long, and Stine knows it. She is dedicated to the cause and vows to see this through.

"This is my son and until we find the truth, this investigation will never be over," Stine said.

To report information please contact Stine at 580-334-1909 or the OSBI at 580-256-1771.