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Two charged with murder in connection with missing Henderson man’s death

January 9, 2018 GMT

Two people were charged Sunday with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a man missing for more than two weeks, according to the Vance County sheriff.

Michael Bowes, 46, of Henderson, was found shot to death inside of his car at about 1 p.m. Sunday on a private farm on Washout Road, Sheriff Peter White said in a press release. He was reported missing on Dec. 21.

John Jefferson, 23, and Tynetta Mayfield, 17, both of Henderson, were charged with first-degree murder.

White said the motive for the killing was robbery, and that the suspects and Bowes had met in the past.

Katherine Bowes, Michael Bowes’ wife of 10 years, is now faced with trying to imagine life without him.

“He meant the world to me,” she said. “I don’t believe he would hurt anybody. That’s why it’s hard for me to believe that somebody would do this to him.”

Michael Bowes worked at a Domino’s in Henderson. Katherine Bowes said the people who work there are like a family.


“I still, to this day, look through the door every time I hear the bell chime waiting for him to walk in,” said Juana Smith, who also works at Dominos.

“Mike was full of energy. He always had a smile on his face. He always thought about other people, other than himself,” said Wesley Burgess, another employee.

The employees said Michael Bowes was loved. Everyone knew his name.

“Everywhere I would go, somebody would ask if they had found him. Mike was very well-known here,” Smith said.

Jefferson and Mayfield were both being held in the Vance County Jail without bond. The pair is due in court on Feb. 26.

More charges are possible in the case, the sheriff said.