Cold case: FBI revisits investigation into women’s disappearance 12 years ago


CHESTER, W.Va. — The FBI is trying to solve the 12-year-old disappearance of a Pennsylvania woman who vanished after leaving West Virginia casino.

The FBI in Pittsburgh said in a statement released Monday that Karen S. Adams of Independence Township, Pa., went to the nearby Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort here on March 11, 2007.

Family members had told authorities she had attended a bingo tournament earlier in the day and then drove to Mountaineer at about 2 p.m.

The FBI statement said Adams was observed on surveillance video at approximately 3 a.m. the morning of March 12 possibly leaving the gambling complex. Phone records at the time showed her last phone call was to her brother while she was still at Mountaineer.

Her voice mail was checked at 4:35 a.m. There were no more outgoing calls after that.

Family and co-workers became concerned when Adams failed to appear for work on March 12 at the Allegheny Valley School, where she was an aide assisting handicapped people. She also did not show up for her evening job at Big Lots.

According to the FBI, she has not been seen or heard from since and her 2005 maroon sedan with Pennsylvania license plates has not been located. Adams was 54 when she disappeared.

When interviewed at the time of the eldest sibling’s disappearance, family members reported she lived with her brother John. She also reportedly was not dating anyone. None of her clothes or suitcases were reported missing and her phone charger and makeup were left behind.

Family members has said Adams was a creature of habit and had checked the route she would have taken along the Ohio River between Mountaineer and her home. They reportedly found no signs of an accident. Family also distributed fliers throughout the area.

The FBI says tips on Adams can be reported to any local FBI office.


Staff writer Deanne Johnson contributed to this report.


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