Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Monica Bowie was kidnapped from her parking deck on July 5, 2007 at approximately 11:14pm at the Berkshire at Lenox Apartments at 2124 Gables Drive NE, Atlanta, Georgia. Five witnesses at her apartment complex heard screams for help coming from the parking deck. The witnesses told police they saw Bowie leaving the scene in a burgundy 2002 Mercury Sable with two men. The driver of the car was a heavyset Black male with fair skin, a beard and low haircut. The other man was described as a small, dark-skinned Black male. Witnesses recorded the license plate number and called 911. There was a sign of struggle where the car had been parked. On the ground at the scene, police found a woman’s green jacket, eyeglasses, earring, a gold necklace with a cross pendant, a broken bottle of perfume, a manila folder containing miscellaneous paperwork, a white food container with chicken wings, and two broken fingernails.
The vehicle seen leaving the scene was located in Atlanta, abandoned and burned.
Two days after Bowie’s disappearance, Jasper Keels, 24, of Decatur, was arrested for stealing the car from an acquaintance, and for possession of drugs. He denied any involvement in Bowie’s disappearance. After the kidnapping, DeKalb Police arrested 27-year-old Lonnie Bennett of Atlanta. Bennett was seen “coming out of or near” Bowie’s apartment after the alleged kidnapping. When his car was stopped leaving the parking deck of Bowie’s apartment complex, police found a paper bag containing a large amount of cash. Bennett, who has a criminal record in Fulton County containing various narcotics charges, theft and sexual battery charges, was not charged in the kidnapping case.
Bowie grew up in Pittsburgh living with her mother, stepfather and four siblings. After graduating high school, Bowie attended Cheney University in Pennsylvania, where she graduated as valedictorian of her class with an accounting degree. Bowie owned Go2girl Promotions Inc., a company that promoted hip-hop acts in Atlanta, and LaCoca Wear Clothing, a boutique in southwest Atlanta. Bowie’s only brush with the law came two weeks before she disappeared. Her fiancé, Shernotta Walters, borrowed Bowie’s car and was arrested after police found marijuana and a gun in the car during a traffic stop. When Bowie arrived at the scene to retrieve her vehicle, she too was arrested. Bowie claimed she knew nothing about the drugs and gun, and the charges against the pair were eventually dismissed. Because Walters was on parole at time, he was taken to jail, where he remained on the day Bowie disappeared. She was engaged to be married in 2008.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
DeKalb County Police
Detective J.R. Jackman
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