- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 13, 2002

From combined dispatches
RALEIGH, N.C. Canadian officials said they would deport the North Carolina man whom officials have said they want to question as a witness in the deaths of 9-year-old Jennifer Short and her parents.
The deportation order for Garrison Storm Bowman came at a hearing Friday in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, said Fanny Ho, operations coordinator of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
"He will be deported as soon as possible," Miss Ho said in a telephone interview.
Mr. Bowman still has a Canadian charge of impaired driving. Miss Ho said she was not certain what would happen with that charge because Mr. Bowman has a hearing scheduled Nov. 7.
Canadian immigration officials argued at the hearing that Mr. Bowman, 66, did not disclose a criminal history that included drinking and driving convictions when he entered the country in August grounds for deportation.
Investigators in the Short case have called Mr. Bowman a witness rather than a suspect.
Investigators with Rockingham County, N.C., and Henry County, Va., arrived Thursday in Yellowknife, hoping to interview Mr. Bowman. But Henry County Sheriff Frank Cassell said they changed their plans after a conference call involving federal authorities from both countries and local officials.
"The consensus decision was not to try to interview him," he said in a phone interview Friday. "We're going to wait until he gets back into the U.S."
When Canadian immigration officials deport Mr. Bowman, "some of us will be there and try to meet him and talk to him at that time," Sheriff Cassell said.
He said he expected Mr. Bowman to be deported sometime this week unless he appeals.
The bodies of Michael and Mary Short were found Aug. 15 in their home near Bassett, Va., and the remains of their daughter, Jennifer Renee Short, were found Sept. 25 in Rockingham County. All three had been shot in the head.
Police have searched a house Mr. Bowman rented and a mobile home he owned about a mile from where the girl's remains were found.
According to court documents, two days before the Shorts were found dead and Jennifer disappeared, Mr. Bowman had threatened to kill a Virginia man with whom he was having a dispute about moving his mobile home. Michael and Mary Short owned a mobile home moving business.
In addition, court documents said Mr. Bowman's landlord had found a Virginia map in the house Mr. Bowman rented that was marked with the location of the Shorts' house.
Meanwhile, in Martinsville, Va., a minister encouraged townspeople to find peace in their hearts and in God as relatives, friends and law enforcement authorities gathered yesterday for the funeral of Jennifer Short.


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