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Skeletal Remains Identified: Missing 5-Year-Old Logan Nathaniel Bowman’s Long-Standing Mystery Solved

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the identification of skeletal remains found in a wooded area in Galax, Virginia last year. The remains have been determined to be those of Logan Nathaniel Bowman, a 5-year-old boy who went missing in Grayson County in January 2003.

Through a collaborative effort with Othram, Inc., a Texas-based company specializing in forensic genome sequencing, authorities were able to establish a full DNA profile. This breakthrough, using forensic genetic genealogy and direct DNA comparisons of family members, enabled the positive identification of the remains as belonging to Logan Bowman.

Logan’s disappearance in 2003 led to charges against his biological mother, Cynthia Davis, and her then-boyfriend, Dennis Schermerhorn. While Davis was convicted of secondary murder and sentenced to 15 years, the charges against Schermerhorn were dismissed in 2004 due to a lack of evidence, as reported by WSLS.

The discovery of Logan’s remains came to light on September 6, 2022, when a man who had purchased the property in Galax found the remains in a trash bag and promptly alerted authorities, according to NBC affiliate WSLS-TV.

Sheriff Kevin Kemp expressed astonishment at the rare circumstances surrounding the case, noting that such events are infrequent. The sheriff acknowledged the significance of the outcome and hinted at the possibility of new charges in the ongoing investigation.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office emphasized that the remains had been at the location for an extended period. Othram Inc.’s expertise in forensic-grade genome sequencing and forensic genetic genealogy played a pivotal role in providing closure to the long-standing mystery surrounding Logan Nathaniel Bowman’s disappearance.

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