On Thurs., Jan. 26, 2012 Freedom Crawford, the sheriff of Roosevelt County in Montana, told KXLF that the dead man found recently in a ditch along U.S. Highway 2 in his jurisdiction was unrelated to the Sherry Arnold case.
The man, who Crawford identified as 49-year-old Brian Doyle, was from Florida, like Lester Vann Waters, one of the suspects in the Arnold case.
On Sun., Jan. 29, KFBB reported that, yet again, a Florida man has been charged in a Montana crime. This time it is Charles Bowman Bowen and he has been charged with negligent homicide in the death of Brian Doyle.
When contacted on Thursday for additional information regarding Doyle, such as his middle initial or the name of the city in Florida where Doyle originally resided, the sheriff declined this examiner writer’s request.
“I know you people of the press want to know more, but I can’t give out any other information right now.”
Sheriff Crawford stated on Jan. 26 he was unable to provide additional information to the press, but that he would do so at a later date, when he had the ability to do so without hindering the investigation. The sheriff also cited his desire to get information and closure for the Doyle family.
The press, however, have an obligation to report news to the public at large–and without screening it, if it presents no potential for harm. And knowing the middle initial of a victim cannot harm a death investigation, per se.
Two Brian Doyle records found
The Florida Dept. of Corrections currently lists two Brian Doyle records. There is a Brian J. Doyle, an ex-Homeland Security Press Aide who was arrested for sexually explicit phone conversations with a 14-year-old in 2006–he made a plea agreement and served several years before then being released back to Bartow, FL on probation in January of 2011.
Florida DOC records show he left the state. He, however, does not fit the age as given by Sheriff Crawford. The other Florida man with a similar name–although spelled Bryan C. Doyle–also has a sexual record to his credit, with his being for sexual battery. He was released in 2006, and, like the other Doyle, is not the age cited by Crawford.
Interestingly, the Great Falls Tribune reported that the deceased Brian Doyle, who was working in N. Dakota for an oil field maintenance company at the time of his death, has drawn the attention of four agents from the Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation. They are assisting in the investigation surrounding his death, according to the Tribune.
Dead man found update
An autopsy has been completed for the dead man found within one of the geographical areas in which the FBI had requested landowners to search for Sherry Arnold. And according to the findings of the autopsy completed on Mr. Doyle, it was reported by KFBB on Sunday that Brian Doyle died due to “being run over” by a vehicle.
His alleged assailant Charles Bowmen Bowen was apprehended in Williston, North Dakota and is currently held at Williams County Jail, where the men accused of aggravated kidnapping of Sherry Arnold are being held as well. Like, Lester Vann Waters and Michael Keith Spell, Charles Bowmen Bowen is expected to be taken to Montana for prosecution purposes.
References: KXLF, Great Falls Tribune, Phone conversation with Sheriff Crawford, Florida DOC and KFBB