|| Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
A. DeWade Langley
Public Information Director
07/21/09 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Woman Charged for 1991 Murder
OSBI agents and the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department have worked together to solve an 18-year-old cold homicide case. A charge was filed this morning for Penny Anita Lowry (dob 3/25/72) for the murder of her infant child moments after she gave birth November 12, 1991, in McIntosh County. Lowry is currently housed in the Checotah City Jail and will be transferred to the McIntosh County Courthouse this afternoon for a 1:30 pm arraignment on the first degree murder charge.
This cold case was reopened in 2003 when agents believed new DNA protocols might reveal the parents of the infant. In fact, DNA samples from evidence at the crime scene were placed in the Combined DNA Indexing System(CODIS). A hit was made in Virginia to the child’s mother, Ms. Lowry. A DNA sample taken from the child was also placed into CODIS. A hit on the father was made in California.
Statements from a witness to the crime did not place the father at the scene. Therefore, he has not been arrested and is not considered a suspect to the murder at this time.
That witness saw a man and woman on the north side of Jake’s Lake near Warner November 12, 1991. A woman’s scream alerted him to the scene. This witness watched for nearly a half hour the woman giving birth – although he didn’t not understand what he was watching at the time since he was some distance away. At one point right before the couple left the area the man pulled something from in between the woman’s legs, placed it inside a plastic bag, and threw the bag and object to the ground. After the couple left, the witness ran to the area, tore open the plastic bag, and found the dead infant inside. He alerted officials.
OSBI and McIntosh County Sheriff’s Deputies ran dozens of leads years ago until the case became cold. “We are pleased technology has advanced enough to solve this case,” Jessica Brown, OSBI PIO, says. This case is still open and active while investigators continue searching for the man who helped kill the child.