Gov offers $5K for missing woman info


Karen Rae Bosta


By Lindell Kay and Peter Williams
Cooke Communications

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

HERTFORD — Gov. Roy Cooper is offering $5,000 for information about the 2015 disappearance of a Perquimans County woman whom authorities now believe was murdered.

Karen Rae Bosta, 39, was last seen May 31, 2015, while she was shopping at the Food Lion formerly located at North Broad Street and Coke Avenue in Edenton.

Pre­vi­ous re­ports in­di­cated Bosta was last seen at a Wal­greens phar­macy, but new in­for­ma­tion places her at the Food Lion prior to her dis­ap­pear­ance, Perquimans Sher­iff Shelby White said Wed­nes­day.

The missing woman's 1997 Lincoln Continental was found in a parking lot behind an Edenton apartment complex a few days after she disappeared. The locked car was found in a parking space. Her keys, which she kept on a butterfly key ring, were not with the car.

Eric Tilley, White’s predecessor as Perquimans sheriff, said surveillance video from a store Bosta visited didn’t show anything unusual.

“It just shows her walking in by herself. Nobody else with her. It shows her walking in the front door by herself just as a normal customer. She didn’t look distraught, didn’t look like she was in any problem. Nobody forcing her to do anything,” he said.

Tilley also said money that went into Bosta’s bank account on June 1, 2015 has gone untouched since her disappearance.

Authorities have described Bosta as a white female, 5 foot 3 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. They said her eyes were blue and her brown hair was shoulder-length and curly with highlights. She also had a butterfly tattoo on her lower back and a small red strawberry tattoo between her shoulder blades. She was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, white shorts, slip-on shoes and a pink quilted pocketbook with paisley print.

Local authorities have said they believe foul play was involved in Bosta’s disappearance, and Cooper’s office has classified her disappearance as a murder case. The reward is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for her disappearance, according to a news release from the governor's office.

White said Bosta’s family reached out to the governor’s office to offer the reward. The family was already offering a $5,000 reward for any information on Bosta’s whereabouts.

White said the sheriff’s office has not given up on finding Bosta, but is running out of options.

“We’re actually trying something different to at least hope to bring closure for the family. I wish somebody would tell us something,” he said.

He declined to say what the “different” thing is.

Chowan County Sheriff Dwayne Goodwin was out of the office Wednesday afternoon and unavailable for comment.

A Smithfield bounty hunter-turned-private investigator who's working the case said he's pretty sure he knows what happened to Bosta and has a general idea where her body may be located.

“There's a small group of people I have my eye on who had something to do with it,” David Marshburn said. “Throwing money at the case may get them to talk, but you never know the breaking point.”

The Perquimans Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation with the help of the Edenton Police Department, the Chowan Sheriff's Office and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.

Anyone with information can contact the Perquimans Sheriff’s Office at 426-5615 or the SBI at 919-662-4500.