Investigation continues into Mossy Head murder

Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 02:52 PM.

An appeal appearing last November on Hayley Bowden’s Facebook page, made by a man identifying himself as her uncle, provides insight into the life of the 16-year-old murder suspect.

“My niece is missing again,” the post said. “She 16 hayley bowden traveling with a 22-year-old man from Mexico …”

Walton County deputies were hunting for runaway Bowden last Thursday when they found her in the company of Chrispen Ramirez, 22.

A news release said Ramirez pulled a knife and threatened to harm the law enforcement officers, but the two were detained without anyone being injured.

The next day, another group of officers made a gruesome discovery that led to Bowden and Ramirez facing more serious charges — arson and an open count of murder.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office says the two killed 77-year-old caretaker Arthur G. Anderson when he caught them breaking into a home at 158 West Juniper Ave. in Mossy Head, the small north-county community where all three lived.

Investigators declined again Monday to say which of the pair they believe killed Anderson or whether they acted together. They also refused to say how Anderson died.

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