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Warrants: Man charged with using missing woman's credit card

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Karen Rae Bosta

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By Lindell Kay
Rocky Mount Telegram

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

ROCKY MOUNT — Authorities have charged an Edenton man with using a credit card last known to be in the possession of a Perquimans County woman reported missing more than two years ago.

Thomas Edward White Sr., 62, of the 700 block of Johnston Street, was charged Oct. 3 by the Perquimans County Sheriff's Office with obtaining property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

White was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. He is scheduled to make an appearance in Perquimans County District Court in December.

White is accused of using a credit card belonging to Arlene Murin, the mother of Karen Rae Bosta. Bosta, 39, was last seen May 31, 2015 shopping at a Food Lion store formerly located at North Broad Street and Coke Avenue in Edenton.

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

Murin said she gave her credit card to her daughter to use purchasing a carton of cigarettes. Bosta left for the store and never returned.

White allegedly used the card the day after Bosta vanished. Warrants charge him with using the card to purchase gasoline from a convenience store. Warrants allege he again tried to use the card at a grocery store, but the card was declined.

According to investigators, Bosta knew White, who has a long criminal conviction record. In the 1990s he served time for breaking and entering. He was convicted a decade later of financial card fraud, fraud of special identification and violation of vital records laws, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

White's statements to police about how he came into possession of Murin’s credit card changed over the course of the investigation into Bosta’s disappearance, authorities have said. He first told deputies he found the card in his girlfriend's car. He later said he found it on the front porch of his mother's house, according to detective interview notes provided by a source close to the investigation.

Murin said Wednesday that she just wants to know what happened to her daughter.

“Karen and I were very close,” Murin said. “She never wanted to leave my side as a child. At daycare she would cry for me all day.”

Bosta was also a very trusting person, Murin said.

“I never could instill caution in her,” Murin said. “She always saw the good in everyone.”

Bosta is described as a white female, 5 foot 3 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. She has blue eyes and brown shoulder-length hair. She also had a butterfly tattoo on her lower back and a small red strawberry tattoo between her shoulder blades.

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. Debbie Manning with the Aware Foundation, a missing person advocacy group, is assisting Bosta’s family in the continued search for her.

Last month, Gov. Roy Cooper offered $5,000 for information in the case, which combined with money offered by the family brings the total reward to $10,000. Anyone with information is asked to call the Perquimans County Sheriff’s Office at 426-5615.

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