Jury reaches verdict in Toledo's oldest cold case

Robert Bowman listening to closing arguments / Tim Wening WNWO

Jurors have found a 75-year-old man guilty of first-degree murder in the cold case killing of a 14-year-old Sylvania teen.

Robert Bowman was sentenced to life in prison Friday after being convicted of the murder of Eileen Adams. The high school student was killed in 1967 after disappearing on her way home from school. Her body was found weeks later wrapped in a rug in a Monroe, Mich. field.

In August, a jury did not reach a unanimous decision after several weeks of testimony in Bowman's first trial. In his second trial, prosecutors said during closing arguments that DNA evidence from the victim's clothing and testimony from the suspect's ex-wife, who said she saw the girl tied up in their basement, proved Bowman's guilt. They also said Bowman told detectives intimate details about how the girl was tied up when she found dead.

Bowman is said to have snatched Adams, on her way home from her Toledo high school, and holding her captive in his basement for days before killing her. The case stumped detectives for decades until they took another look at it just five years ago.

The murder case stood as Toledo's oldest cold case. Police didn't connect Bowman with the killing until the early 1980s when his former wife told investigators she had seen the girl tied up in their basement. Authorities said her story wasn't enough to bring charges at the time.

The jury of nine reached their verdict late Friday morning after nine hours of deliberation.