Authorities claim that a poison specialist has been accused in the death of his wife.

Busy Bee November 1, 2023
Updated 2023/11/01 at 1:13 PM

A doctor from Minnesota who the authorities claim had experience in toxicology was arrested on Friday and accused of causing the death of his wife, Betty Bowman, who passed away in August due to poisoning.

Dr. Connor Bowman, the suspect, was charged after an investigation by the police revealed that he had searched for a medication online that was found in lethal quantities in Betty Bowman’s body. It was also discovered that he had attempted to halt the autopsy process for his wife. These details are stated in court documents.

According to a criminal complaint submitted to the Olmsted County District Court, Connor Bowman, aged 30, is facing charges of second-degree murder. Betty Bowman, aged 32, was not explicitly named in the complaint, but the Rochester Police Department has confirmed her as the victim.

Requests for comment made to a lawyer representing Connor Bowman remained unanswered.
Betty Bowman was admitted to a hospital in Rochester, Minn., on Aug. 16 due to severe gastrointestinal distress and dehydration. As per the complaint, her condition deteriorated rapidly, ultimately leading to her death four days later.

Following her passing, her husband informed multiple individuals that she had succumbed to a rare illness. However, suspicions were raised concerning the explanation for Betty Bowman’s death the day after, when the Southeast Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office intervened by halting a cremation order and notifying the Rochester Police Department about the suspicious nature of the death.

Requests for comment to Connor Bowman’s lawyer went unanswered. Betty Bowman was admitted to a hospital in Rochester, Minnesota on August 16 due to severe gastrointestinal distress and dehydration. Unfortunately, her condition worsened rapidly, leading to her death four days later. Following her passing, her husband informed several individuals that she had succumbed to a rare illness.

However, the explanation provided in her obituary, claiming her death resulted from a sudden onset autoimmune and infectious illness, was called into question.

The Southeast Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office suspended a cremation order the day after her death and alerted the Rochester Police Department of suspicions surrounding her demise.

According to the complaint from the medical examiner’s office, Betty Bowman initially displayed symptoms similar to food poisoning but did not respond to standard medical procedures. Instead, her condition worsened rapidly, leading to cardiac issues, fluid in her lungs, and ultimately organ failure. At the hospital, her husband, Connor Bowman, suggested the possibility of a rare disease called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), although tests for this illness were inconclusive.

Tragically, Betty Bowman, who worked as a pharmacist at the Mayo Clinic, passed away on August 20. In a statement, her family described her as a reliable source of strength and someone who listened during both joyous and sorrowful times. Betty had a deep love for her pet corgi and enjoyed traveling, particularly to Hawaii and Iceland.

“Co-workers continue to speak positively about her which speaks loudly to show how she carried her positive energy both in her personal and professional life,” the statement said.

Betty Bowman’s family created an online fund-raiser on GoFundMe this week to help cover legal fees and related costs because “as new evidence emerges, we realize Betty might have been taken from us not by natural causes.”

Connor Bowman had worked for the Poison Control Center at the University of Kansas Health System for six years, said Jill Chadwick, a spokeswoman for the health system. He was a medical resident at the Mayo Clinic until his training ended earlier this month. “We are aware of the recent arrest of a former Mayo Clinic resident on charges unrelated to his Mayo Clinic responsibilities,” the medical center said in a statement

Following the passing of Betty Bowman, investigators gathered information about Connor Bowman’s online searches. They discovered that he had conducted research on the drug colchicine, commonly used for treating gout, earlier in August.

According to the complaint, Connor Bowman performed calculations to determine the lethal dosage of colchicine for his wife, taking her weight into account. He also searched for information such as “internet browsing history: can it be used in court?” and “Police track package delivery.”

When questioned by the medical examiner’s office, Connor Bowman requested his wife be cremated immediately, claiming she died of natural causes. He attempted to halt the autopsy and, in email exchanges with a death investigator from the office, asked for a detailed list of the specific tests that would be conducted.

According to the complaint, colchicine was detected in Betty Bowman’s blood and urine during the tests, leading the medical examiner to conclude that her death was a result of the toxic effects of colchicine. Wednesday morning records from Olmsted County Adult Detention Center indicated that Connor Bowman was still incarcerated.

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