Wanted man: Arrest warrant issued in 10-year-old Halifax murder case of Kevin Bowser

Published on July 15, 2014

Shilo Beals is wanted for first-degree murder in the 2004 shooting death of Kevin Bowser.        

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Major crime investigators in Halifax have laid charges in a 10-year-old murder and are on the hunt for a Cherry Brook man who’s still at large.

A Canada-wide warrant was issued Monday for Shilo Marcino Beals, 31, in connection with the death of Kevin James Bowser in July 2004.

“He is considered armed and dangerous and we certainly caution people about approaching him,” said RCMP Insp. Trish MacCormack on Monday.

“Should anyone see him, they should contact their nearest police department.”

Police received a report of gunshots on Uniacke Street around 10 p.m. July 10, 2004. Responding officers found Bowser suffering from gunshot wounds near 5446 Uniacke St. The 28-year-old father of three died shortly afterwards.

Beals is now facing a charge of first-degree murder and six weapons-related charges, all related to Bowser’s death.

MacCormack indicated that Beals had been a person of interest in the case for some time.

She said Monday’s charges weren’t the result of any advancement in technology or investigative techniques.

“It’s really the persistence of the investigators involved that led us to where we are today,” she said. “Many times we’re faced with challenges of people who know what happened are not speaking or not coming forward to the police, so I credit that to the investigators.”

MacCormack said she didn’t know whether Bowser and Beals were known to one another. She said police made the decision to lay charges after hunting for Beals without success.

“We believe he’s in the Halifax area,” she said. “We’ve attempted to locate him without success, so the next best step was to put out a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest.”

Bowser had a criminal record, and Beals is known to police.

Bowser’s homicide is included in the provincial Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes list, but MacCormack said she didn’t know whether anyone would get a reward related to the charges being laid.