11/11/11 — On November 10, 2011, husband and wife Charles Kevin Bowen, 44, and Jennifer Bowen, 31, were convicted of murdering John David Blattner. Both defendants were scheduled for a jury trial on November 14th, but they changed their minds and pled guilty. Kevin Bowen confessed to shooting John, and Jennifer Bowen confessed to assisting her husband by luring him to the location. Kevin Bowen was sentenced to 50 years in prison, and Jennifer Bowen was sentenced to 40 years. We would like to say a special thank you to Tim Miller, Founder and Director and Mike Fitzpatrick, Member, who discovered John’s body. We would also like to thank Frank Black for the work he did on this case. Please continue to keep John’s friends and family in your prayers.

To see news coverage of this case, follow links below.



04/11/09 – Saturday, April 11, 2009 – John David Blattner, age 39, was located deceased at 8:21 this morning by Texas EquuSearch Founder/Director Tim Miller and member Mike Fitzpatrick near Taylor, TX.  The search for John was a large team effort, taking several days and consisting of several dedicated EquuSearch members, the Round Rock Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Taylor Police Department, The Texas Rangers and the FBI.  We wish to thank the wonderful members of all the outstanding law enforcement agencies involved in the search for John.  The investigation into his death continues.  To the family and loved ones of John, you will continue to be in our hearts and prayers in the days ahead as you mourn the loss of your beloved John.

News article about the search – click here

04/09/09 – Texas EquuSearch is actively working with the family of John David Blattner at this time in hopes of bringing him home.  As always, our hearts and our prayers are with John, his family and those who love him.  Please continue to keep him in your prayers.

03/28/09 – John David Blattner was last seen on Saturday – March 28th 2009 about 10:30 p.m. in the Round Rock, Texas area. He was last seen wearing gray sweat pants that had a hole in the right shin area and paint all over them, unknown color T-Shirt, a white Sherwin Williams jacket with a brown collar and brown lace up work boots.


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  2. Amy Shannon on April 17, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Amber, Ashley, And Travis~ I am so sorry about your dad. This just breaks my heart for your whole family.I have been picturing each of you when you were little(havent seen you since you’ve grown up!) and just remembering how much fun you would have with your dad. I will be praying for comfort and healing for all of you. I know your dad loves each of you so much. Tell your mom I would love to talk to her. i don’t know how to get in touch with her anymore though. Love you all! ~ Amy

  3. Stephanie on April 16, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    I just wanted to say That i am soooo sorry for your loss. I never met John but wish I would’ve by all these comments. He was found out in my area so for some reason I feel touched by all that is going on in this case… I wish there was a way i could help the family out. I will keep all of you in my prayers!

  4. wanda on April 15, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    I did not know John personally, however, his sister Anita is my sister and law and i know what a wonderful person she is so i am sure John is just wonderful. Its so sad when someone dies so young and unexpectedly. Our prayers and thoughts are with the entire family. Please keep us posted on the funeral situation. Thanks and God Bless.

  5. Amber on April 14, 2009 at 11:21 PM

    im not sure how to contact yall besides through these comments. But i wanted to let yall and everyone else know that dads funeral had to be changed. we dont know when we will get to have it, but as of right now it will no longer be thursday.
    thank yall so much for yalls help in bringing my dad home. i wish along with everyone else that he would have come home another way but at least he’s home and now we know he can be safe forever.

  6. Emily Old on April 14, 2009 at 10:51 PM

    Amber, I only met your dad that one time, but he was a gentleman.I am so sorry for your loss. If there is anything you guys need let me know. I think you still have it, if not get it from Gloria. I am never at a loss for words, but I am now. All I can say is stay strong and I love you!

  7. Shannon & Jeanne on April 14, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    May our Lord return soon to take us all away to his Kingdom where the struggles of this mortality will come to an end. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this time. We believe your Dad would want you to lean on Yahweh at this time. “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your HOPE fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:13” Our Lord will set all things right when he returns. May it be TODAY, we love you all so much and thanks to everyone that has helped find John. We love you all.

  8. Rick Jr on April 13, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    I would also like to extend my thanks to the wonderful organization that is Texas Equusearch. What an amazing group of loving and caring indiviuals who treate the family with the utmost respect at all times. We couldnt have brought our beloved Uncle John home without you. May God bless all of us in this time of sorrow and pain and may he continue to bless you and your work Texas Equusearch!

  9. Seba on April 12, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Amber, Ashley & Travis…I miss you all so much & wish I could be there for all the hard times you guys are going through. I can only imagine how hard it is and I’m still praying for yall to recover from this hardship and just to know that your whole family loves yall so much! You guys are welcome to come hang out with us in Abilene anytime you want…we love yall tons!

  10. Wendy on April 12, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Our hearts to deeply hurt by the loss of our family member, John. Amber, Ashley and Travis, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I love all of you so much. The entire family is there for you to lean on during this terrible time and the trials that you will endure in the future. We will never let your Dad’s memory be forgotten. He loved all of you so much and yall were his entire life.

    I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Texas Equusearch Organization. I have never in my life encountered a more caring, loving, supportive and determined group of people. The suppport that you provided to our family during this terrible time will never be forgotten. You would think that yall would be numb to what you do everyday; however, that is not the case. You cried right along with us. You could tell that you really wanted to bring our family member home. When I left search headquarters Friday night, I hugged several of you bye. I felt like I was saying goodbye to family members. That says so much about yall. I will always remember each and everyone of you and thank God for bringing yall to us to bring Uncle John home. May God bless each and everyone of you and your families.

    I would also like to thank all of the volunteers that came to search during this time. We could not have done it without yall. Several of you were there for the entire search and we know that you took time away from your jobs, etc…to assist the family in this need. I also want to thank the couple that let us intrude on their lives for a few days. We also could not have done this without yall. You will always be remembered fondly for that act of selfishness and kindness.

    May God be with each and everyone of us in this time of loss and bring comfort and healing.

  11. Ginger Ward on April 12, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    To the family and chidren of John, I am so sorry. I would do anything to ease your pain. I can’t even imagine how you hurt right now. I am so sorry. You are an amazing family, I am glad I got to meet more of yall, even under these circumstances. God bless you all. Ginger and family.

    As a friend of the family of John I want to commend the Equusearch team on the work they do. You are a blessing and a God send doing a job that must involve endless hurt. Yesterday was the hardest day of many peoples lives here and I know you are special people to put yourselves in that place repeatedly to bring others peace. God bless you for all you give for so many.

  12. big jerry on April 12, 2009 at 1:15 AM

    to the chidren and family of john david blattner.i will always remember john as a great dad. the young boy i watched grow up and become a wonderful person and friend. to johns kids he loved you as always and will be with you at all times. god bless all of j.d.b. family.

  13. Tanner Hamilton on April 11, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    I just want to add somthing… John loved us all so very much and I know for a fact he is looking down upon us at this very moment. He will always been in our hearts and we just have to remind ourselves he is in a better place. A place where there is no sorrow, nor pain, nor suffering. I pray that we all can remember the good times while John was here, remember his body is not concrete; but his soul will last forever. I also would like to thank all the family members who have been so generous and helpful over the past two weeks and not to mention the law enforcers and the search team. God bless you all and forever remember how John blessed us all.

  14. Tammy on April 10, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Amber, Ashley, & Travis,
    John loves his kids more than anything on this earth. Never forget that! Eric and I pray for his safe return to the family. He is a good hearted and funny guy to be around. Keep faith and hope. Rick Jr. is right, we will not rest until he returns home.

  15. Ralph on April 10, 2009 at 7:32 AM

    May God bless our family in this time of trial! Amber, Ashley, and Travis; you are in our prayers along with the rest of our family as we struggle each day through this time. I want to personally, and on behalf of my family, thank everyone who has done so much. It has been very hard for us to be miles away and not closer. So thank you to all my aunts, uncles, cousins, family, and friends for your work. Also, a big thanks to this wonderful organization, TES, for your services. It is a wonderful thing that you do. Also, a big thanks to the Round Rock Police Department.

  16. Amy on April 9, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    I have worked with John and know he is an awesome guy and truely loved his kids as he talked of them often. Our thoughts and prayers are will all of his children and family for his safe return.

  17. Stephanie on April 9, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Equusearch was out by my house today and I have to say they did a wonderful job I pray the Lord blesses them and helps them find Mr. Blattner so that the family may have some peace. I will keep everyone in my prayers. I wish and pray only the best for his family! I wish I could help in some way. Keep the Faith!

  18. Kim Rogers on April 9, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    I only met John once, through his neice Lynette. What a wonderful person he is. As well as his family members. I am praying for him and his children for his safe return.


  19. Yvonne on April 9, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Amber, Ashley, & Travis – You and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Amber, please do not blame yourself, there is nothing that you could have done to stop him from leaving if he wanted to. We love you all and pray for your dad’s safe return home.

  20. Rick Jr. on April 9, 2009 at 5:50 AM

    I cant even pretend to know how you Travis, and Amber must feel but know that there are so many people that love all of you and that will never rest until your dad comes home!!!

  21. Amber on April 8, 2009 at 11:29 PM

    I miss you so much. Every night I cry feeling it’s my fault I didn’t stop you from leaving. Ashley, Travis, and I along with everyone else want you to return home safe. We all love you very much and nothing seems right or good when your not here. You always believed in me and knew that when I was hard on myself, what to say to make it better. I Love You!!!!

  22. Angela on April 8, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    I haven’t seen John since high school… but the RRHS SRS ’88 is praying for his safe return home as well…

  23. Wendy on April 7, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    We all miss Uncle John so much and are praying that things will turn out well. Ashley, Amber and Travis, I keep all of you in my thoughts in prayers constantly. I know how tough all of this has to be on you kids. This is definitely something that has consumed all of us. I love all of you kids so much!!

  24. Phyllis on April 7, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    We are praying too, Ashley. I think about John and you kids practically every minute of the day. Your mom probably told you that Texas EquuSearch is going to be involved in the search for your Dad. I’m glad.

  25. Ashley on April 7, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Dad, I miss you. I pray and keep hoping you’re okay. I love you and want you back home, safe.

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