Toledo man goes on trial in 1967 death of schoolgirl

Robert Bowman

Lucas County prosecutors say DNA evidence collected four decades ago links a Toledo man to the 1967 killing of a 14-year-old Sylvania Township girl.

Testimony began Thursday in the murder trial of 75-year-old Robert Bowman. Investigators think he kept Eileen Adams captive in his basement for as long as two weeks before strangling her and dumping her body in a Monroe County field in January 1968..

He's accused of snatching Adams after she got off the bus in West Toledo.

It took investigators nearly 40 years to bring charges against Bowman, who had been a successful businessman before disappearing into a life on the streets in Florida and California.

Bowman has pleaded not guilty and faces life in prison if he's convicted.

His attorneys say evidence in the case is weak and that prosecutors don't know where or when the girl died.

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