Karen Rae Bosta

Above Images: Bosta, circa 2015

  • Missing Since 05/31/2015
  • Missing From Edenton, North Carolina
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Height and Weight 5'2 - 5'3, 140 - 150 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A white t-shirt, white shorts and gray slip-on Skechers shoes. Carrying a pink quilted fabric pocketbook with a paisley print and her car keys attached on a hook holder with a butterfly.
  • Medical Conditions Bosta was taking medication at the time of her disappearance; the medicine has severe side effects if she suddenly stops taking it.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Bosta has a tattoo of a butterfly on her lower back just above her buttocks, and a tattoo of a small red strawberry on her upper back between her shoulder blades.

Details of Disappearance

Bosta was last seen leaving a Food Lion store at north Broad Street and Coke Avenue in Edenton, North Carolina on May 31, 2015. She went out with friends and never arrived back home. About a week later, her red 1997 Lincoln Continental was found parked in the back lot outside a shopping center at Gaslight Square in Edenton; the doors were locked and the keys were missing.

Thomas White Sr. is a person of interest in Bosta's disappearance. The day after she went missing, he used a Discover credit card Bosta had had with her on the night of her disappearance. He was charged with obtaining property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Because of the circumstances, authorities are looking into the possibility that White was involved in Bosta's disappearance.

Foul play is suspected in Bosta's case, as her disappearance is uncharacteristic of her behavior. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Perquimans County Sheriff's Office 252-426-5615 OR Edenton Police Department 252-337-4875 OR North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation 919-662-4500

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated November 3, 2017; casefile added.