Victim's family: Wife left to pick up dessert, returns home to find her husband dead

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A wife leaves her home to grab dessert. When she returns, she finds her husband dead, according to family of a Northland homicide victim.

Albert "Rusty" Bowman, 53, was found dead in his home in the 5500 block of Munger Avenue Wednesday night. His wife called police at about 10:40 p.m. to report her discovery.

When emergency medical workers arrived, they pronounced Bowman dead.

The investigation into his death began that moment. It didn't end until about 5 p.m. Thursday when police tore down crime scene tape and cleared the scene.

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Three shifts of Kansas City Police officers worked the scene throughout the day-and-a-half investigation.
According to Bowman's brother-in-law, Andrew Taylor, the couple lived in that Northland neighborhood for the past 35 years. He believed the two felt safe there other than a failed break-in about a year ago.

"She's dumbfounded by why and what's next and who would? Right now, she's resting with her daughter," Taylor explained.

Taylor said his sister left to pick up dessert on Wednesday night, was gone for less than an hour and came home to find Bowman dead.

"She left for a little bit and came back and discovered the body," he said.

Taylor is still trying to wrap his mind around his family's recent loss. He is confident police will find the person responsible after watching KCPD officers comb through the house, yard and nearby woods all day long.

"If you're the one who did it, it's better to come forward now. It'll go a lot easier for them than hiding," he said.

Police have released little information about this homicide. If you have any information that could help them solve the crime, please call the TIPS Hotline: 816-474-TIPS.

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