Details of Disappearance Aundria was last seen in Hamilton, Michigan on March 11, 1989. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and was placed for adoption at the age of five months. After a period in foster care, she was adopted by the Bowman family at age 21 months.
Aundria disappeared shortly after she accused her adoptive father, Dennis Lee Bowman, of sexually abusing her. He was already on parole at the time for an unrelated offense; in 1980, he had attempted to kidnap a teenage girl so he could rape her. He was released from prison in 1986.
In the fall of 1988, Aundria started refusing to go home from school. The staff at the school called the police, and Aundria told them Dennis was molesting her. A truant officer and a social worker went to the Bowman residence to confront Aundria's adoptive parents with the allegations, and they said Dennis had not abused her and that Aundria had problems because she had recently found out she was adopted.
Shortly afterwards, Dennis moved the family to a trailer in an isolated, rural area. Aundria disappeared from there. Her last confirmed location was reported by Dennis, who said she'd stolen some money from the house before she left.
After Aundria's disappearance, her adoptive parents quickly moved away from the trailer. Over the next several months, Aundria's mother repeatedly called the police saying witnesses had told her they'd seen her. None of these alleged sightings were verified. It's unclear whether her disappearance was related to the abuse allegations, but Dennis's statements about Aundria's disappearance have been inconsistent, and he now refuses to cooperate with the police in her case.
In November 2019, Dennis was arrested and charged with the 1980 murder of Kathleen O’Brien Doyle, a 25-year-old Virginia woman. A photo of Dennis is posted with this case summary. He is awaiting trial in that case.
Many agencies classify Aundria as a runaway, but the circumstances of her disappearance are unclear.
- Allegan County Sheriff's Department
Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated November 23, 2019; details of disappearance updated.