November 9, 2006, with the exception of a few disgruntled
members of the Bower clan, the entire extended family of
Bowers assembled at The Lodge, a magnificent resort nestled
among the mountainous pines of Cloudcroft, New Mexico.
It was to be a family reunion and celebration of Mr. Jedediah
Bower's retirement from the corporate world and the handing
over of the rains of the family business to one lucky member
of the Bower family.
Jedediah Bower had build an
internet search engine empire call GOWAH into the most
profitable internet company in the world. Jed had
recently decided to pass on the corporate leadership to one of
his family members. Since all the members of the board
of directors were Bowers, it was naturally assumed that the
new CEO/majority stock holder would be Jack Bower, the oldest
of the family.
As the family members gathered for
dinner in Rebecca's, The Lodge's restaurant, it became
apparent that Jack Bower along with his faithful right-hand
man, Alphonse Katz, were missing from the head table.
waiting a short time, John Bower went to Jack's room, number
Upon arriving at the room John got no answer to
his insistent knocking, so he went next door to Ally's room,
At room 415, John noticed that the door was
slightly ajar due to a towel on the floor between the door and
the jam. John entered the room and found Ally Katz
laying face down across the bed. His hands were tied
behind his back and a plastic bag was over his head. The
room was otherwise undisturbed except for normal usage.
John also noticed that a piece of paper was laying on Ally's
As soon as he saw that Ally was not moving, John
immediately went to the house phone located at the end of the
hall and called the front desk.
The night manager,
Flora Belle, answered the call and after hearing what John had
found in room 415, quickly called Lodge security and had
Officer Bluggon respond to the scene.
minutes later Officer Bluggon arrived at room 415 and
determined that Ally was indeed dead and secured the
Officer Bluggon called the Cloudcroft
Police and EMS departments and waited for their
Police Chief Hams Zupp arrived on the scene
about ten minutes after the call and took charge of the
After viewing the crime scene, Chief Zupp scanned
the note on Katz's back and discovered that the kidnapping had
also taken place. Also, the note said that Jack Bower had been
taken from his room, was being held and that the family would
be notified by a message delivered to The Lodge sometime
Chief Zupp immediately went to Jack
Bower's room and using Bluggon's master key entered the room.
The room was in total disarray. It was evident that s
struggle had taken place and the intruder(s) fought with Jack
before apparently subduing him. A quick scan of the room
indicated that the place had also been ransacked as if the
kidnappers had been looking for something. The only
thing apparently missing was a lap top computer after Chief
Zupp found the carrying case under the bed.
secured the scene and went to inform the guests about the
The investigation continues.