The Norfolk, Virginia Police Homicide/Cold Case team, in partnership with NCIS, the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police, has arrested a 70-year-old Michigan man for the 1980 homicide of 25-year-old Kathleen Doyle. Dennis Lee Bowman was arrested Friday in Allegan County where he now resides.
Kathleen O’Brien Doyle was found murdered in her Norfolk residence on September 11, 1980. She was the daughter of a naval officer and the wife of a U.S. Navy pilot who was deployed at the time of the homicide.
Norfolk Chief of Police Larry Boone stated, “This 39-year-long investigation demonstrates the Norfolk Police Department’s commitment to pursue justice for victims and their families no matter how long it takes. No victim is ever forgotten. I would like to recognize the women and men of NCIS for their commitment to this case. NCIS has been partnered with us from the beginning of this investigation, and their contributions throughout the years have been instrumental in solving this case. I would also like to thank the Allegan County, Michigan Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, Ottawa County, Michigan Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Police, for their assistance.”
Bowman is being held in the State of Michigan, awaiting extradition to Virginia.