Cold Case Mystery: New Emphasis on Solving Boy Scout Terry Bowers' 1970 Death in Chester County

New reward offered for information in 1970 Boy Scout death

Pennsylvania State Police are renewing their efforts to find out who killed a Boy Scout more than four decades ago.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that police announced a new $25,000 reward on Thursday for information about the death of 11-year-old Terry Bowers.

The Delaware County boy was stabbed to death in his sleeping bag on April 26, 1970, during a camping trip with his troop in Chester County. At the time, police said they believed the weapon was a Boy Scout knife or similar blade.

A former Scout, Lawrence Wakely, once confessed to killing Bowers. But investigators said Wakely, who served time in prison for a rape conviction, had mental issues and was dismissed as a suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police at (610) 486-6280 or Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.

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