Penn Hills woman charged in missing twins case is released from jail
An Allegheny County judge sentenced a Penn Hills woman to time served and probation for the remaining charges against her in the case of her missing twins.
Common Pleas Judge Thomas Flaherty in May dropped the most serious charges against Patricia Fowler, 48, which included two counts of concealing the whereabouts of a child and a felony obstruction charge. Fowler was charged last year when authorities discovered she could not account for the whereabouts of her twins, Ivon and Inisha, for the past 10 years.
Fowler pleaded guilty Monday to child endangerment, making false statements to police and welfare fraud. Flaherty sentenced Fowler to 3 to 6 months in jail, for which she was given credit for time served and released. She also was sentenced to four years of probation.
No one has seen the twins — who would be 18 — for more than a decade, though authorities did not discover the twins were missing until August. Upon making that discovery, police arrested Fowler. She has given police various stories about the twins' whereabouts, which she later admitted were lies. Investigators have not found the twins or even verified if they are alive.
Fowler's son, 20-year-old Datwon Fowler, had been accused of sending Facebook messages and texts pretending he was Ivon and claiming the twins were safe in Atlanta. Police traced the text messages to Patricia Fowler's home, where they arrested her son as he was trying to flee.
Police charged Datwon Fowler with obstruction, conspiracy, criminal use of communications and related misdemeanors, but the charges were dropped as part of his mother's plea agreement.
Investigators have turned up no trace of the twins in the nearly one year since Fowler's arrest. The last movement in the investigation appeared to come in December when Allegheny County Police searched a home in Braddock . Neither police nor the cadaver dogs they used turned up anything in the search, police said.
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter at @meganguzaTrib.