June 17, 2009
It was back in March when Louisa County investigators discovered the body of Reginal Bowles in a well on the property he lived on with his girlfriend, 60-year-old Ulisa Chavers, who was arrested for hiding his body. Since then the case has taken some unexpected twists.
"I've been a police officer for over 20 years and i've talked to the sheriff who's been a police officer for 40 plus years and I think between the both of us this probably tops the cake," said Major Donnie Lowe of the Louisa County Sheriff's Department.
The body of Ulisa's second husband, Clent Chavers, who went missing in 1994, was discovered a month later at their home in Amelia County. Authorities are now looking into the death of Reginal's mother Eleanor Bowles who Ulisa Chavers cared for.
Officials say several thousand dollars were taken from Ms. Bowles' bank account, both before and after her death, and deposited into Chavers' account.
"In all three deaths that we're looking at, that is a common denominator and that is a powerful motivator for almost any kind of crime so we definitely want to look at that and rule that out and we have some questions and concerns," said Lowe.
But Lowe says evidence is limited. A year before her death Eleanor Bowles bought a burial plot and headstone, but within a year, a refund was given. Lowe says soon after that refund, she died and was immediately cremated while in Chavers' care.
"As to who prompted to that refund or what the circumstances were behind that refund we can't say for sure at this point," said Lowe.
Officials say they're having to rely on paper trails and people's memories. Meanwhile Chavers has not been charged with anyone's murder.
Lowe says they're now looking for anyone that knew anything about Eleanor Bowles before her death in 2004.
They're asking anyone with information to call crime solvers at 540-967-1202.
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