Age: 54 Height: 5'4" - 5'6" Weight: 110-120 lbs Hair Color: Brown, shoulder length Eye Color: Green. She wears lightly tinted, wire rimmed glasses. Clothing: 2 dark-colored shirts, blue jeans, a ball cap and a green coat. Vehicle: 2005 Maroon, 4-door Suzuki Forenza with PA plates EDT5587
Circumstances of Disappearance
Karen, who shared a home with her brother, John, in Independence Township, Beaver County, PA, was last heard from by her brother at about 8pm, Sunday, March 11, 2007 when she called him on his cell phone. He wasn't at home when he got her call, but knew that the call meant she'd be taking money she shouldn't be taking and heading off to the Mountaineer Racetrack & Casino in Chester, WV. A mutual friend confirmed that Karen had gone to the casino. The friend reported that he'd seen Karen withdrawing money from an ATM at the casino at about 11pm. A casino official also told John that Karen had used her Player's Club card about 20 minutes later. Additionally, someone used Karen's credit card to make a $60 charge at the casino just before 2am.
She was last seen, on video surveillance cameras, leaving the casino at about 4am, March 12. The cameras also showed that Karen did not interact with anyone while she was playing the slots, nor did she interact with anyone as she was leaving. Cameras do not show her at her vehicle, but both Karen and her car have disappeared.
Someone accessed her cell-phone voicemail at around 4:30am. That signal ran through a tower in Steubenville, OH. There is no way to know if it was Karen, or someone else, who accessed the voicemail.
There have been no further activities on her cell-phone or credit cards since she disappeared.
The Mountaineer Casino is about 30 miles west of Independence Twp, Beaver County. It also lies just across the Ohio River from East Liverpool, OH. With the possibility of foul play crossing state lines, the FBI is also involved in the search for Karen. On Wednesday, December 12, 2007, crews from Independence Twp Police and Hancock County Sheriff's Office launched another search for her. Some officers searched on foot and a helicopter was used for an aerial search. The search was concentrated on the New Manchester, WV area, which is just over the line from Beaver County, PA. No sign of Karen or her car were found.
If you have any information about this case, please contact:
Independence Township Police Department 724-378-7774