The Woodward News

September 1, 2013

Reward grows

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — A local businessman has added $5,000 to a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person possibly responsible for the death of a young man last month, at a party near Fargo.

Richard Childers, owner and manager of Woodward Gold and Pawn located south of Woodward on State Highway 270, added the cash to the $10,000 cash reward already put up by Tracy Stine, the mother of 18-year-old Kolby Bowers.

Bowers died a little more than a month ago at a party hosted on private property north of Fargo.

The cause of Bowers' death is still pending the results of a full autopsy, according to Eddie Johnson of the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office.

There are still many questions surrounding the suspicious circumstances of his death, Stine said.

Childers' offering came straight from his heart, he said.

"Being a father myself, I would hate to have this happen," he said. "It just touched me and I want her to find the answers she is looking for."

Childers added that he believes business people should support each other in times such as these.

At present, there is still an ongoing and active investigation into Bowers' death by the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation, according to OSBI Public Information Officer Jessica Brown. The OSBI is also handling the investigation behind any other crimes committed at the party that took place July 27 on the property where the party was hosted, said Julie O'Neal, Assistant District Attorney for Ellis County.