Authorities say evidence found by two boys could strengthen murder case

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Evidence discovered by two boys in Bladen County last week could be significant in the murder investigation of Carol Batten Dowless.

Dowless disappeared in 2005, and her remains were found in Columbus County in September of 2008.

Last week, two boys reportedly found the woman's ID and some bloody clothing hidden inside an abandoned building in Bladen County.

Columbus County detectives have reviewed the items and sent them to the SBI lab in Raleigh for DNA testing.

In October 2008, Columbus County authorities arrested and charged Jamie Lee Dowless, Dowless' husband in connection to the murder of Carol.

Sheriff Chris Batten said the discovery of the physical evidence could greatly strengthen the murder case against Jamie.

Jamie is being held in the Columbus County Jail at this time.

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