January 2, 1995 in Nation/World

Officials Identify I-90 Body Shooting Victim A Portland Man; Van With Florida Plates Sought

By The Spokesman-Review
 
Tags:murder

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday released the name of the man found dead Dec. 26 on Interstate 90.

He was identified as 45-year-old Ian B. Bowers of Portland.

A passing motorist found Bowers’ body about 7:30 p.m. on the bridge over Blue Creek Bay, east of Coeur d’Alene.

An autopsy showed Bowers had been shot once in the head. The man’s identity was a mystery until Friday, when investigators identified him through fingerprint records.

Also Sunday, investigators said they are looking for a white Ford Aerostar van, with Florida license plates, as a “possible suspect vehicle.” The van may be en route to Florida, they said.

The van was not Bowers’ vehicle, his widow said in a tearful telephone interview Sunday night. Rainie Bowers was reluctant to say more, adding investigators had told her to say nothing about the ongoing case.

Police sources did say, however, that Bowers was arrested in Oregon on Christmas Eve - two days before his body was found - for menacing. Under Oregon law, menacing means “intentionally attempting to place another person in fear of imminent serious injury,” either by verbal threats or physical action.

Rainie Bowers said her husband was a computer systems engineer who worked for Portland General Electric, then did consulting work. He was born and raised in Salem, Ore. They had been married 16 months. He had no children, she said.

She learned about his death Saturday afternoon.

“I just want to come out and get him,” she said Sunday evening, sobbing. “I’m just lost without him. I just want my husband home.”


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