UPDATE: New search warrants confirm drug purchases, attempt to delete purchase data, according to law enforcement
(ABC 6 News) – According to search warrants publicly filed Tuesday, staff at an online pharmacy confirmed to detectives that Conner Bowman, the former Mayo Clinic doctor accused of poisoning his wife, purchased colchicine, the substance used to kill Betty Bowman, from them.
ABC 6 News previously reported that Rochester law enforcement had audited Connor Bowman’s bank accounts and found purchases at “Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drugs,” including colchicine, a Gout medication that caused the death of Betty Bowman Aug. 20, according to the SE Minnesota Medical Examiner’s Office.
Warrants filed Dec. 5 sought more information from Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drugs and related business “Truepill” regarding Bowman’s purchase history, and stated that staff at the first online storefront verbally confirmed that Bowman had purchased colchicine Aug. 11.
However, the staff noted that Bowman’s account had been closed and deleted.
Rochester law enforcement filed the search warrants to obtain more information about previous purchases, as other documents claimed that Conner Bowman had given Betty Bowman a suspicious drink before his purchase with Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drugs — on Aug. 10.
A later search warrant for Bowman’s Amazon purchase history cites Aug. 5 searches for a substance called “oil of wintergreen” and the toxicity of the essential oil when consumed, and suggests that the earlier allegedly suspicious smoothie could have contained a different substance.
Account deleted; Mayo Clinic disciplinary records requested
According to a later warrant, Truepill staff told law enforcement that when Conner Bowman deleted his account, he claimed that Betty Bowman had purchased the colchicine under his name, “fraudulently.”
Bowman’s purchase history also included sildenafil citrate, commonly sold under the brand name Viagra, according to the search warrants.
Bowman also allegedly told Truepill that he wanted to delete the purchase data because his employer, Mayo Clinic, had confronted him for ordering and purchasing a prescription for himself.
The purchase was made using Connor Bowman’s mayo clinic email, according to search warrants — which documents claim was the only possible way for Mayo Clinic to know about the purchase.
Rochester law enforcement requested Bowman’s emails and disciplinary records for Bowman in order to check for evidence of the above, according to the search warrants.
He is scheduled to appear in Olmsted County Court for an omnibus hearing Jan. 23, 2024.
(ABC 6 News) – According to new Olmsted County court documents, Connor Bowman, the former Mayo Clinic doctor accused of poisoning his wife, may have given her suspicious drinks more than once.
According to Olmsted County search warrants filed Nov. 3, friends of the couple told Rochester police that 10 days before Betty Bowman’s death, on August 10, Connor Bowman allegedly made Betty Bowman a smoothie that “tasted really bad” — bitter and salty, and unlike a smoothie should taste.
At the time, the Betty joked with her friend that Connor was trying to poison her before throwing the beverage away, the search warrants note.
When the friend later heard that Betty Bowman had died after a drink mixed into a smoothie made her sick, she contacted Rochester law enforcement, according to the search warrants.
Other search warrants detail Rochester law enforcement’s search of Connor Bowman’s bank accounts, which allegedly include purchases at “Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drugs,” one of which was colchicine, a Gout medication that killed Betty Bowman, according to the SE Minnesota Medical Examiner’s Office.
The search warrants also mention an incident where Connor Bowman allegedly overprescribed a barbiturate–a drug used to help patients sleep and prevent seizures–leading to a complaint with the Board of Pharmacy.
Connor Bowman allegedly told a friend the complaint described Bowman as a danger to others.
Connor Bowman is still credentialed as a medical practitioner in Rochester, according to the MN Board of Medical Practice.
Elizabeth Huntley, the executive director of the MN Board of Medical Practice, said any complaints are confidential or private, and the board would not comment or provide information.
Further details in the search warrants include allegations that Connor Bowman hid debt from Betty Bowman that may have been in the tens of thousands of dollars, as well as multiple friends’ testimony that the two were considering divorce.
Several medical professionals also spoke to Rochester law enforcement about Betty Bowman’s death and the progression of her illness, stating that between Aug. 16 and 20, they did not think the deterioration of her health seemed natural.
Two told law enforcement that Connor Bowman’s explanation that Betty died of “HLH,” or Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, was suspicious because the disease usually manifests when the victim is a child.
Betty Bowman’s friends and family have a GoFundMe set up to cover legal and memorial costs — it is available online at https://gofund.me/c85d1de3 — “Remembering Betty Bowman.”