Va. trooper's murder unsolved 30 years later

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police hope that someone will have information that helps solve the 30-year-old murder of a Virginia State Police trooper.

Tuesday, Virginia State Police said in a press release that they continue to work on the case and that "Federal, state and local law enforcement are hopeful that advancements in forensic technology can shed new light on the 30-year-old unsolved murder of Virginia State Police Trooper Johnny Rush Bowman." According to state police officials, the FBI Laboratory tested forensic evidence originally submitted in 1984, and retested it again in the late 1990s and in 2010. "As a result of the latest testing by the FBI, new information regarding DNA found at the scene has generated extra information for investigators," stated state police in the release.

Bowman was killed on August 19, 1984. He was stabbed by an unknown person when he answered the front door of his home in the Bristoe Station development of Manassas, Va. The attacker fled, leaving behind eyeglasses, a wig, and a construction hat.

Bowman's wife was at home at the time of the attack and called 911 for help. Bowman died shortly after the attack at a hospital. He left behind his wife and a two-year-old daughter.

Anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the murder of Trooper Bowman is eligible for a reward of $50,000. If you have information, please call the Virginia State Police tip line at 703-803-2637 or send an e-mail to Information may also be reported to the Manassas City Police Department Investigative Services Division at 703-257-8092 or Manassas City Crime Solvers' confidential 24-hour tip line at 703-330-0330.


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