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Wanted Mercer County high school counselor nabbed by troopers

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Eighteen months after a Mercer County fugitive goes on the run, he is finally arrested and a Mercer County community is breathing a sigh of relief.  Here's a look back at what led up to this arrest.

In 2009 Brett Bowyer was a well liked school counselor at Princeton High School. One former student said Bowyer was instrumental in launching his college career.

"Brett Bowyer was my high school counselor," Derek Hudson, Princeton High School class of 2009 said. "He was a great counselor there he was a good guy and worked with me," Hudson continued. 

Hudson told our 59 News crews that's why it was such a shock to the entire school district when Bowyer pleaded guilty to possession of child porn in 2011.  In a shocking twist, before Bowyer was sentenced, he took off.

"I never expected him to run or anything like that either, it's crazy," Hudson exclaimed.

After 18-months of running from the law, Bowyer was finally arrested, 700 miles away in Florida. Bowyer was pulled over on a traffic stop. Thanks to a handheld fingerprint scanner troopers were able to ID him and see there was an active warrant. Folks who live in his old neighborhood on Walnut Street are relieved he's been captured.

"I am he is, I got grandbabies. I got 4 of them and I wouldn't want somebody like that does things to kids to be around my kids," Jerry Isom, of Princeton said.

This case was even given national attention back in 2012 when Bowyer was featured on America's Most Wanted.

Troopers in Florida are working with West Virginia state police to get Bowyer back to the mountain state. Bowyer is also facing several charges in Florida including, resisting without violence and attaching a tag not assigned to the vehicle.


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After 18 months on the run a West Virginia fugitive is nabbed in Florida. Brett Bowyer is a former high school counselor from Mercer County and he was wanted for possession of child pornography. He was out on bond when he fled.

59News has learned Bowyer was arrested in Florida after Florida State Troopers pulled over his 1995 Pontiac. Bowyer was pulled over for no obeying a traffic law.

According to Troopers, Bowyer gave a false name and the trooper began getting suspicious of Bowyer because of his behavior.  The trooper used a handheld fingerprint scanner to positively identify the man.  The ID came back as Brett David Bowyer and that he was wanted in West Virginia.

Bowyer was featured on American's Most Wanted back in 2012.  Stick with 59News both online and on the air for more details.