“According to Springfield police, the car was either stolen or taken from the victim’s father without his permission” on either Aug. 20 or Aug. 21, Sellers said.
“It’s a relief to have closure,” Dowler’s mother, Janette Lanum, of Springfield, told The Dispatch on Friday.
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Lanum said her daughter had a drug problem and heroin addiction since at least 2009. Until August she had been doing well for 2½ years and had been getting better after rehab and incarcerations, The Dispatch reported.
“She was always trying to help people,” Lanum said. “She was the sweetest girl I ever knew ... and not just because she was mine.”
Dowler is survived by two sons, ages 6 and 4.
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