Detectives are releasing additional information in the homicide investigation of Coyoete Turner. On September 3, 2023 deputies responded to a field near SW Haltiwanger Road where Turner’s body was discovered.
Turner’s body was partially burned. This made initial identification difficult. Her immediate family has been notified of the condition of the body at the time of its discovery. At this time, there is no evidence to suggest any members of Turner’s immediate family are involved in this case.
A person of interest in this case has been identified based upon witness statements, evidence from the crime scene, and other investigative efforts. The person of interest is John Leonard Bowen (47). Bowen is a registered sex offender.
Detectives are asking for anyone who has had contact with John Leonard Bowen to contact CCSO. Detectives are particularly interested in anyone who Bowen contacted, or anyone who may have seen him on Saturday night September 2nd through Sunday September 3rd. Bowen may have been driving a red Dodge Journey SUV.
“Our Detectives have worked tirelessly on this case since Coyote was discovered,” said Sheriff Mark Hunter. “It is horrific to think that anyone is capable of these acts. I urge anyone with information in this case to contact our office. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Coyote’s family and friends as they continue to endure this tragedy.”
Bowen is currently being held in the Columbia County Detention Facility on unrelated charges stemming from violations of his sex offender registration. The homicide investigation is still continuing. Anyone who may have information pertaining to this case is asked to contact Detective Truesdale at (386) 758-1375.
John Leonard Bowen DOB:06/13/1976