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Woman's Murder Solved After 16 Years

Published: Dec. 19, 2006 at 10:29 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 22, 2006 at 1:12 PM CST
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Tammy Bowers' death may be finally solved after 16 years thanks to DNA
Tammy Bowers' death may be finally solved after 16 years thanks to DNA
DNA links Herman Frazier to Tammy Bowers' 1990 death
DNA links Herman Frazier to Tammy Bowers' 1990 death

The last place anyone saw Tammy Bowers alive was at the Intersection of Highways 73 and 74 in the Burnside area of Ascension Parish. It's an intersection that has changed since Bowers was last there in March of 1990.

This intersection was a place that Bowers visited frequently. She would go to the convenience store to use a payphone to call her mother and boyfriend regularly. It was also the place where Ascension Sheriff's Detectives say she was abducted.

Two days later on Bowers' 19th birthday, detectives found her badly beaten body, saying that she was raped. And 16 years later, Sheriff Jeff Wiley still remembers.

"We have vivid recollection of this crime. Vivid recollection of the body and how we found it. Vivid recollection of talking to the mom and talking to the dad and interviewing the friends," Wiley remembers.

Wiley believes that his department caught the man responsible. The sheriff says DNA links 39-year-old Herman Frazier of Gonzales to Bowers' murder. Detectives in San Bernardino, Calif., arrested him Monday night after Ascension detectives got a warrant for his arrest.

"It's very satisfying," Wiley said of Frazier's arrest.

Bowers' mother, Joyce Zuvich, now lives in Houma, but still remembers her daughter and her tragic death.

"I haven't rested in 16 years," Zuvich told WAFB 9News.

Zuvich says now that Frazier is behind bars and charged with 1st Degree Murder, she, and her daughter are finally at peace.

"This is going to be the best Christmas for this family in the past 16 years," Zuvich says. "You just can't imagine how we all feel right now."

Reporter: Avery Davidson, WAFB 9News