OWASSO, Okla. (AP) -- Police found a key piece of evidence this
morning in their investigation into the death of an elderly Tulsa
woman when they located her car at a motel.
Mary Agnus Bowles' car apparently had been parked at the Oasis
Motel in Tulsa for several days, Tulsa police said.
"We're estatic we have this piece of the puzzle," said Maj.
The body of the 77-year-old retired banker and community
volunteer was found Tuesday beside a rural county road north of
Tulsa. The discovery came exactly one week after she was last seen
alive leaving a hospital where she volunteered.
The cause of death had not been determined, but police were
investigating it as a homicide.
"Investigators believe Ms. Bowles made it safely to her
residence after work and went out later in the afternoon to run a
quick errand," Sgt. Wayne Allen said Wednesday. "It is during
this period of time we believe she became a victim of foul play."
Ms. Bowles was last seen alive about 4 p.m. Aug. 31 leaving St.
Francis Hospital, where she worked as a volunteer for 10 years.
"We will miss her gentle spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are
with her family," the hospital said in a statement.
An $11,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an
arrest in Ms. Bowles' death.