NORTHWEST TIMES INDIANA, UNION TOWNSHIP .....Family and friends of Dustin McCowan believe it was not the 19-year-old who killed his former girlfriend Amanda Bach, but someone else, possibly a multistate serial killer. Now, they're putting up a $10,000 reward to find the person they believe is responsible for what they see as McCowan's wrongful incarceration. Elliott McCowan, Dustin's father, said the $10,000 reward came from a supporter who wishes to remain unnamed.
The elder McCowan, a Crown Point police officer, asks that anyone with information in the case contact the Porter County Sheriff's Department. He said the reward only stands for information received through March 18, 2012.
Warner said the first he heard of the Bach case was about 9:40 a.m. Jan. 5, 2012 when he received a four-minute phone call from a man claiming he was a police officer in Valparaiso. Warner said the man provided him with "inside information"and brought up similarities in a series of cases.
BILL WARNER PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR POST OF 2/15/2012...."In a phone conversation on Thursday 1/05/2012 with a detective and/or police officer from the Crown Point Police Department in Crown Point Indiana, that came in on unpublished number 219-662-3245, I was asked if I knew how Karen Swift had been murdered, (shot, strangled, knifed?), was the body of Karen Swift moved from where her car was found, did the car Karen Swift was driving have a flat tire, how close was Karen Swift’s body found near to a cemetery and was Karen Swift’s body found with or without clothes. The cause of death in the Karen Swift murder case has not yet been determined or released (since December 10th, 2011).
"I get the phone call from a supposed police officer. I had no idea where Valparaiso was," Warner said. "The more I looked into it, the more fishy things got." Warner blogged about the case and within hours, that blog posting was linked on three different Facebook sites maintained by McCowan supporters.
Warner said he wanted to know where he was getting his information, so he traced the number and determined it was from an inside line at the Crown Point Police Department, where McCowan's father works. "I feel like I'm getting played here," Warner said.
Elliott McCowan said he made that phone call and said he sees similarities in the fate of the women. "I'm the one who called that guy (Bill Warner)," Elliott McCowan said. "It's very similar to what happened to Amanda. It's possible. You can't rule anything out."