Jackson County Murder Update

By: Jason Davis
By: Jason Davis

There's new information coming out of Jackson County concerning the murder of a Cypress man found floating in the Chipola River last week.

Benjamin "Rush" Cowherd was apparently shot, then dumped in the river.

Jackson County sheriff's authorities came up with a few more pieces of the puzzle in their investigations of the murder of Benjamin "Rush" Cowherd, but they still have a long way to go.

Cowherd was last seen alive having lunch with a friend in Grand Ridge a day before he was found shot and floating in the Chipola River on Monday, December 5. Now they have some new clues to work with.

"Sunday, December 4th between 5:15 and 6:15 there was a Tom Thumb in Cottondale where one of Mr. Cowherd's credit cards was used."

Robbery was originally ruled out as a motive, but law enforcement officials are still calling it a crime of opportunity.

John P. McDaniel, Jackson County Sheriff, says, "He had money on his person, but his billfold was missing along with his credit cards."

Cowherd's missing credit cards were used twice within the span of an hour to purchase gas from a Tom Thumb gas station on the corner of Highway 90 and 231 in Cottondale, roughly 17 miles from Christoff Ferry Boat Landing were his body was found.

It's believed that the credit card user most likely paid at the pump.

"They were busy and they didn't go inside. You know, in today's world, you can go to the service station, swipe your card and gas up and go without a problem."

Investigators don't believe it was cowherd who also tried to use those same credit cards at an ATM.

Jackson County investigators want to talk to anyone who may have been at the Tom Thumb gas station in Cottondale on Sunday, December 4 between 5:15 and 6:15 that night.

Contact Jackson County Crime Stoppers 850-526-5000. There is a reward up to $1,000 for any information that leads to an arrest or conviction in this case.


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