Police didn't suspect foul play at first in woman's disappearance

Police didn't suspect foul play at first in woman's disappearance
Tammy Borda
David Bowen

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COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — David Bowen sits in Lane County jail, charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

While many questions remain surrounding Tammy Borda’s disappearance and death, some of the events leading up to Bowen’s court appearance Thursday have come into focus.

According to family, Borda went missing in Cottage Grove around December 2.
 
Now police are confirming they believe Bowen killed Borda around this date, carried her body away, and hid blood-stained evidence.

When she failed to return home to Beaverton on December 4 as expected, her daughter, Markie, became worried.

After contacting law enforcement from both Washington and Lane counties, she was told foul play was not suspected.  

Frustrated, Markie reached out to media outlets December 9.

As time passed with no word from Borda, it became more obvious something was wrong.

Cottage Grove Police finally asked for the public’s help December 12.

On Tuesday, crime scene tape went up around Bowen’s Cottage Grove home.

The next day, a search warrant was executed and Bowen was taken into custody.

Cottage Grove Police Chief Mike Grover confirmed Borda’s body was found but declined to comment on where her body was found.

Neighbors tell us much police attention was focused behind Bowen’s Cottage Grove home.

Neighbor Rhonda Marlow’s property abuts Bowen’s yard, but she says she noticed nothing in the days before police arrived on-scene.
 
“I go out in the back and I smoke and I never saw, never heard anything and I’m out there all the time.  It’s really creepy,” said Marlow.

Bowen made a first appearance in court Thursday but has not yet entered a plea. His arraignment is scheduled for December 23.