- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 23, 2002

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) A carpenter brought here from Canada for questioning in the triple slaying of a Virginia family had a hearing in federal court yesterday and was ordered sent to authorities in Virginia.
Garrison Storm Bowman, 66, had a hearing before a federal magistrate on a material witness warrant issued by the federal court in the Western District of Virginia, said U.S. Marshal Charles Reavis of Raleigh.
"He will be leaving our district shortly, probably today," Marshal Reavis said.
Investigators want to interview Mr. Bowman about the August slayings of Jennifer Short, 9, and her parents, Michael, 50, and Mary, 36, of Bassett, Va. The parents' bodies were found at their home on Aug. 15. Jennifer's skeletal remains were found on Sept. 25 near Stoneville, N.C., and identified through DNA tests.
Mr. Bowman, a carpenter from Mayodan, N.C., is not charged in the slayings, nor has he been called a suspect.
Officers with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police served a "removal warrant" on Monday for Mr. Bowman at the Yellowknife correctional center in the Northwest Territories.
Canadian Department of Justice spokesman Glen Rutland said that the Mounties left Yellowknife on Monday morning with Mr. Bowman, who had been ordered held at the facility until his deportation to the United States.
Mr. Bowman's deportation was ordered Oct. 11. His transfer into U.S. custody was delayed because of a pending impaired-driving case in which he was to have appeared on Nov. 7 in a Canadian court. On Friday, Canadian officials declined to pursue that prosecution.
The FBI, meanwhile, continued to await the arrival of a van and other belongings of Mr. Bowman seized earlier this month by Canadian police in Inuvik, a town in the Northwest Territories. Mr. Bowman told authorities that he became stranded in Inuvik when he wrecked his vehicle on Aug. 31.
A trailer owned by Mr. Bowman was located about a mile away from the remains of Jennifer. Investigators searched that trailer and Mr. Bowman's rental farmhouse in Mayodan, from where they seized a Virginia map marking the area where the Shorts lived.
Court records say that Mr. Bowman had threatened to kill an unidentified man in Virginia in a dispute about moving the trailer. Michael Short owned and operated a mobile-home moving business in Virginia.

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