The widespread search for missing Brooklyn, Michigan man Geoffrey Bowen came to an unfortunate end yesterday, when a Michigan State Police aerial search unit spotted a Bronco in a wooded area of Northfield Township near US23 and Territorial Road.
The vehicle matched the description of the one that the missing United States Marine Corp veteran had been driving when he went missing from his Irish Hills area home and from there stopped at his mother’s home in Saline to leave a suicide note on her car.
Once MSP and other local law enforcement ground units were able to make their way through the wooded area to the vehicle, they found that it was indeed Bowen’s 1989 Ford Bronco, which had been seen by a WeLoveDexter.com Facebook follower from Dexter traveling on I-94 and then north on Baker on Tuesday, April 5.
Geoff’s brother said that he passed the tip along to authorities and that he and several former marine friends of the brothers, who both served in the USMC, were searching northern Michigan.
“We’re trying to get word out with fliers around a lot of towns,” Kenneth said on April 12.
Eight days later, Jackson County Sheriff’s Officer Steve Rand reported that Bowen “was found deceased in his vehicle.”
Northfield Township officers are handling the investigation.
Kenneth previously indicated that he and his brother were both veterans and that Geoff may have suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of his wartime experiences.
Marine Corps Times reporter Matthew L. Schehl, picked up the story on April 19 and shared more details from Kenneth, such as the fact that Geoff joined the Marines as a rifleman in December 2005.
He deployed to Iraq twice — once in 2007 and again in 2008. He left the service as a corporal in December 2009, according to Marine Corps officials. His brother said he served with 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines.
Kenneth was wounded during his time in the service, which prompted Geoff to shift gears and become his brother’s caretaker, which involved a move to Texas, according to Kenneth in the Marine Corps Times piece.
Bowen graduated from Saline High School in 2005 and enjoyed Washtenaw County, according to Kenneth.
The community responded to the first post looking for tips by sharing it over 500 times from the WeLoveDexter.com Facebook page.
More details on when and where services will be held or where contributions can be made in Geoff’s name, if any, will be posted as those details become available.