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US Army ID’s Woman Killed in SKorea

August 23, 1999

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ The U.S. Navy on Monday identified a woman shot and killed by her subordinate as Sgt. 1st Class Jeanne M. Balcombe, a member of a unit deployed near the North Korean boarder.

The 33-year-old from McMinnville, Ore., was allegedly shot by Pvt. Jacob M. Bowley before dawn Saturday. Both were members of the 55th Military Police Company at Camp Red Cloud north of Seoul.

``Sergeant Balcombe was a respected and beloved leader in this Battalion,″ Col. Donna Boltz, commander of the 94th Military Police Battalion, said in a news release from the U.S. military command in Seoul.

Balcombe arrived in South Korea in April and is survived by her husband, Harvey Balcombe, and two daughters, the news release said.

After the shooting, Bowley allegedly fled the post with the weapon, triggering a manhunt by thousands of South Korean police and U.S. investigators.

South Korean police caught up with him eight hours later as he tried to withdraw cash from a bank in Pusan, 200 miles southeast of Seoul.

Bowley jerked and cursed as police tried to tie him down on a chair for questioning, South Korea’s national MBC-TV reported.

``She took my pass away!″ Bowley shouted repeatedly.

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