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    Terrence Bowers, 11, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 26 April 1970

    Reward fund now at $51,000 in Darby Boy Scout’s unsolved murder in 1970
    Terrence Bowers
    By Rose Quinn, Delaware County Daily Times

    Posted: 04/20/17,

    This month marks 47 years since 11-year-old Terrence Bowers was fatally stabbed while on a Boy Scout camping trip in Chester County. Pennsylvania State Police said the investigation into the Darby Borough boy’s death has never closed and this week, in recognition of the anniversary, troopers revived a request for any information from the public that might shed new light on the decades-old mystery.

    “I still know people who were on that camping trip,” said Brown, who was a year behind Bowers at Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Grade School in Darby Borough. “And his mother, all she wants is justice for her son, and rightly so.”

    Terrence Bowers, who had been a member of Boy Scout Troop 275 for about year, was camping on the grounds of St. Basil the Great Roman Catholic Church in East Pikeland Township with 23 other scouts and six adult leaders, all members of Troop 275 from the Blessed Virgin Mary parish. They left for the campsite, an open field near a creek about 200 yards from the church building, on April 24, 1970.

    In the early hours of Sunday, April 26, Bowers was attacked in his sleep, suffering four stab wounds with a small, one-edged knife, according to Daily Times archived reports. The pajama-clad boy was found in his green sleeping bag by fellow scouts at 7:30 a.m. The medical examiner believed the boy died an hour prior, about 6:30 a.m. He suffered wounds to his back, right arm and chest

    In the days and weeks after the murder, hundreds of people in northern Chester County and in Darby Borough were interviewed by a six-man state police investigation team, under the direction of then-Sgt. James Wenner. Young Boy Scouts from the victim’s troop were even hooked up to polygraph machines and interrogated. A weapon was never recovered, despite three searches with metal detectors.

    “All the scouts and leaders were given polygraph tests, and all their stories as to their whereabouts at the time of the slaying were verified,” the Daily Times reported at the time. Patients from nearby Pennhurst State Hospital and Valley Forge Military Hospital who were AWOL or out on passes were also investigated.
    In the summer of 1977, Wenner told the Daily Times that one of the most puzzling things about the Bowers case is that no motive was ever established for the slaying.

    Wenner said another perplexing thing about the case is that despite the fact that 26 other scouts and two adult leaders slept only a few feet away, no one apparently heard any disturbance.
    Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 610-486-6280, or PA Crime Stoppers Toll-Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS. All callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for the cash reward.

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    Sorry, started a double thread.
    Correct thread.
    Last edited by dotr; 08-11-2017 at 02:09 AM.

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