In 1988, 11-month-old Dustin Bowers was found dead in a wooded area near his hometown of Kincardine, Ontario. His mother Julie would eventually be found not-guilty of his murder, which still remains unsolved.
The 24-year-old mother left her youngest son, Dusty, in the car while she ran into the bank with her oldest son, Ben. When she returned, Dusty was gone and news quickly spread through the family’s small town. Police set up roadblocks and the OPP was called to help search for the missing child, but there was no sign of him.
The following morning, Julie went to the police station and told police she had a dream about her missing son, laying in the woods.
“He had his blue snowsuit on. There were trees around him,” she told officers. “There was snow.”
The cops, who were already suspicious of Julie’s kidnapping claim, grew even more suspicious. They agreed to help Julie look for her son and she took them to a site and pointed out a wooded area that looked like what she saw in her dream. Soon after, Dusty was found dead in that wooded area in his blue snowsuit.
Julie was charged with first-degree murder but after a 49-day trial, she was found not-guilty.
Since the trial in 1990, Julie has been hounded by suggestions that she “got away with murder” and it prompted the W5 team to look further into the case.
“We found a much different story,” Avery Haines said. “What emerges is more complicated than innocence or guilt.”
Avery claims her team “uncovered a confidential OPP document that reveals surprising new details about the investigation that police promised to undertake after the Attorney General decided not to appeal Bowers’ acquittal”. She also says their investigation led to a new development that offers a glimmer of hope that, one day, there will be justice for Dusty.
Find out more in the video clip above.