Above Image: Left: Bowman, circa 2003 Right: AP to age 16
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: January 7, 2003 from Galax, Virginia
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: February 15, 1997
Weight: 30 lbs.
Hair Color: Blond
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Characteristics: Decayed teeth and
burn scars on his feet, buttocks and groin areas. Healed
fracture in left arm.
NCIC Number: M-552998307
Case Number: NCMC954408
Details of Disappearance
Davis called the sheriff's department at 12:59 p.m. Jan. 26, 2003, and asked to talk to someone about a kidnapping. She also told the dispatcher that her son had gotten hurt, and that she had been held hostage by her boyfriend. Davis said she had not seen her son since Jan. 5, 2003. Later she told the dispatcher she hadn't seen him since Jan. 9, 2003.
The dispatcher notified a sheriff's deputy about Davis' call at 1 p.m. Jan. 26, 2003. Davis told him that while she was asleep Logan ran hot water to take a bath and "got burned pretty bad." She told the deputy that Logan had been missing since Jan. 7, 2003. She said that Schermerhorn wouldn't let her take Logan to the doctor. Davis fell asleep and when she woke up, Logan was gone. Schermerhorn told her he took Logan to his mother who was a registered nurse. Davis also told the deputy that Schermerhorn held her hostage for two weeks and hit her with a flashlight.
She told Grayson's chief investigator that Logan had a stomach virus and had gotten up in the middle of the night - after he soiled himself - and "set in the hottest water." She also told the investigator that Schermerhorn told her Logan was with his father and that Alvin Bowman would bring Logan home later.
The investigator reported that Schermerhorn's mother, Margaret Brandow, said she last saw Logan on Jan. 8, 2003. She said Logan was lying on a love seat at Schermerhorn's trailer in Sherwood Trailer Park near Galax. Davis and Logan lived with Schermerhorn. Logan was completely covered with a blanket, except for his head, and he never moved or said anything. Brandow told the investigator she thought Logan was asleep.
Alvin Bowman, Logan's father, last saw his son on Christmas Day in 2002. Bowman had weekend visitation rights. He tried to pick up Logan on Jan. 3, 9, 10, and 17-19. He then notified the Grayson Department of Social Services and the sheriff's office around Jan. 21. On Jan. 26, Davis called Bowman and asked him to drop Logan off at Timmy Johnson's house on Stockyard Road. On Jan. 27, Bowman filed a missing child report.
Logan's kindergarten teacher told authorities that Logan was not in school for several days. She called the truancy office and social services. She had also reported suspected abuse to the Grayson Department of Social Services on Nov. 19, 2002.
Alternately, Schermerhorn told investigators that the night Logan was burned, Davis took off in Schermerhorn's car for about a day, according to police testimony. That was the last time he saw Logan, he told police.
Somewhere in all of these events, Logan disappeared and has not been heard from since.
Logan was last seen at home on January 7, 2003. In May 2004, Logan's mother, Cynthia Davis, was jailed for her role in his presumed death. Her estranged boyfriend, Dennis Schermerhorn, was charged as well.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Grayson County Sheriff's Office
Officer Glenn Hyatt
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Child Protection Education of America, Inc.
The Roanoke Times