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Missing attorney found dead

October 23, 2008

A Bremen attorney was found dead Oct. 20 by police in a field in northern Indiana. Ronald Sowers, 70, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

Sowers was reported missing Oct. 19 and his disappearance was considered out of character. Jon Newcomb, a partner at Sowers Newcomb & Associates, said there was no indication that Sowers was upset or had any reason to commit suicide.

Sowers joined Newcomb's law office three years ago to help run the firm and practiced in personal injury and medical malpractice; Newcomb was seriously injured in a car accident in 1998 and unable to keep the office going on his own. As a result of his injuries, Newcomb didn't work often with Sowers in the office, but said Sowers was a talented attorney.

Sowers graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1965 and also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel. He practiced personal injury law for 30 years in Fort Wayne before moving to Florida in the 1990s, said Newcomb. Sowers was a past president and founder of the Indiana Board of Trial Advocates.

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