Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Tina and her daughter, Bethany resided with Tina's boyfriend, Eugene Van Bowman, on Mountain Road in Chesterfield, New Hampshire. There had been several calls at the home for domestic incidents before the pairís disappear. Court records indicate that Bowman accused Sinclair of domestic abuse in July 2000, but the allegation was dismissed.
On Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, Sinclair and Bowman allegedly had an argument that caused Bowman to leave the house. Sinclair brought Bethany to the movies for the teenís date with her boyfriend, and later picked Bethany up and brought her back home. Police know Bethany spoke to her boyfriend on the phone that night until just after midnight, but that was the last time anyone ever heard from Sinclair or Bethany.
Bowman, who goes by his middle name Van, told authorities that he and Tina had an argument on February 4, 2001.
Bowman claimed that he left the house and returned later
in the day. Bowman said that Tina and Bethany were not at home when he returned.
Bowman stated that all of their clothes were missing, but the remainder of
their personal belongings, including Tina's fifteen-year-old cat and her vehicle,
were still at the residence.
She and Tina have never been heard
from again. They were not reported missing until February 10, six days after
An unidentified woman called Keene High School on February 5, the day after the Sinclairs disappeared, to report Bethany was ill and would not be attending classes. Authorities are uncertain of the caller's identity. When Bethany didnít show up for school in the days that followed, school officials began to worry and called police. When police questioned Bowman, he told them he hadnít reported them missing because it wasnít unusual for them to take off for days at a time.
Tina's sister said that she believed Tina was preparing to leave Bowman, but she doesn't think Tina left of her own accord with Bethany. Things came to a head when Sinclair discovered Bowman was being prosecuted for sexual assaults against minors.
The Sinclairs have not contacted any of their loved ones. There has not been
any activity on Tina's bank account, cellular phone, or credit cards since
her disappearance. There has also been no activity on Tina's and Bethany's
social security numbers.
Bowman's home bordered the Connecticut River, but an extensive search of the area produced no clues as to Tina and Bethany's whereabouts. Authorities suspect that foul play was involved in their cases. There have been no arrests related to the Sinclairs' disappearances. Bowman has reportedly refused to cooperate with investigators. He has not been named as a suspect.
In May 2001, nearly four months after Sinclair and Bethany went missing, Bowman was convicted on three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. In those incidents, which occurred years earlier, Bowman engaged in sexual contact with the victims, whom he knew. He served two years in prison before he was released on parole in October 2003. Heís required to register as a sex offender with the Chesterfield Police Department four times a year.
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