Murder in Miami: Jim Bowerman stabbing remains a mystery
Jim Bowerman was found murdered in his apartment on April 11, 2008.

Stabbed to death inside his own apartment: The Jim Bowerman murder investigation needs answers.

Jim Bowerman grew up in Michigan and later left for the warmer climate of North Miami, arriving in April 2007. He got a job as a waiter, and a year later he was killed.

When he didn't show up at his job at Chili's, his co-workers called police. They went to his apartment and found his bloody body.

Date: April 11, 2008

Time of death: Not determined, but police believe Bowerman was murdered some time between approximately 7:20 a.m., after he got off the phone with his girlfriend, and 7:59 a.m., when she called him back, on April 11, 2008.

Location: 1550 NE 130th Street in North Miami, Florida

Body found: The evening of April 12, at his apartment 1550 NE 130th Street in North Miami. His back door was open, and his body was located near his front door. He was stabbed to death.

Circumstances: On April 10, 2008, Bowerman worked at the Aventura Chili's restaurant, went to a bar with a friend, then went to a party at a female co-worker's apartment.

Timeline according to

  • After Bowerman had been at the party for a time, he announced he was leaving. The female co-worker invited Jim to stay overnight, rather than drive home, but he said no, he'd rather go home.

  • Bowerman became lost on his drive home and made several phone calls to friends asking for directions. He also called his girlfriend in Las Vegas. She was on the phone with Bowerman when he finally found his way back to his apartment.

  • Bowerman arrived home approximately 7:10 a.m. on April 11. According to his Las Vegas girlfriend, Bowerman sat in his car in the parking lot of the apartment complex and they talked for a few more minutes. At the end of their conversation she told him to go inside and go to bed; he asked that she call him when she was leaving the bar she was at in Las Vegas. She said she would.

  • Bowerman is presumed to have gone into his apartment after the phone conversation.

  • Bowerman's Las Vegas girlfriend called him at 7:59 a.m. but he did not answer. She called several more times and was surprised that he didn't answer since it was not like him not to.

Theories: His family and friends said Bowerman had no enemies, and had no idea why anyone would want to harm him.

Reward: $5,000.

Street View of Bowerman's apartment


Maybe you heard someone talk about this crime? Please call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477) or 1-866-471-8477.

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