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Man guilty of misusing credit card in Bosta case

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Thomas White

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By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly

Thursday, September 13, 2018

HERTFORD — An Edenton man has pleaded guilty to illegally using a credit card that had been loaned to a Perquimans County woman who went missing in May 2015 and is presumed to be dead. 

Thomas Edward White Sr., 63, pleaded guilty in Perquimans District Court on Sept. 4 to illicit credit card use.

Prosecutors alleged White used a Discover credit card belonging to Arlene Murin, the mother of Karen Rae Bosta, the day after Bosta went missing. Video surveillance footage showed White using the credit card to purchase $40 worth of gas at a convenience store in Edenton.

White was sentenced by Superior Court Judge J.C. Cole to serve six weekends in jail and 36 months of supervised probation — the maximum sentence for the offense. Cole also sentenced White to pay $600 in restitution to Bosta’s family and prohibited him from making contact with Bosta’s family.

White, who has denied any involvement in Bosta’s disappearance, was not charged in her disappearance.

Murin, who was allowed to read a statement in court at White’s hearing, said she was grateful for the opportunity.

“He (Judge Cole) was wonderful,” she said. “It meant so much to me to be able to show how this has affected me and my family. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. He (Judge Cole) was so kind and compassionate.”

Murin is convinced that White knows more than he is saying.

“You put two and two together, it’s a no-brainer, but they can only charge him with using the credit card,” she said. “But there is so much more to this than using the credit card. My daughter lost her life and he (White) just stood there while I spoke with his head down.”

Right now, Murin simply wants to know where her daughter’s body lies.

“I just want to find my daughter,” Murin said. “My daughter is lying somewhere and I don’t know where. I keep having thoughts of what happened. Did she suffer? Did she call my name? I don’t understand it but there is just silence among that group of people.”

Murin remains hopeful someone with information about what happened to her daughter will come forward.

“We’ve had people come forward, but we need more information,” she said. “Don’t be afraid. You may have the piece that completes the puzzle.”

Perquimans Sheriff Shelby White said his office continues to track down any leads it gets in Bosta’s disappearance. But for now, the investigation has basically stalled. He, too, appealed to anyone with information on how Bosta died and where her body might be to talk, even if it’s anonymously.

“Knowing where she is would bring closure to the family,” White said.

Bosta’s 1997 Lincoln Continental was found in the Gas Light Square parking lot in Edenton a few days after her disappearance. The car was locked but the keys, which Bosta kept on a butterfly key ring, were not with the car. The driver’s seat was also pushed back to allow for someone much taller than Bosta to sit in the vehicle.

Since her disappearance, money in Bosta’s bank account has not been touched.

Anyone with information about Bosta’s disappearance is asked to call the Perquimans Sheriff’s Office at 426-5615; the Edenton Police Department at 482-5144; or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500. 

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