Cold Case: Police Continue to Work on Regina Bos Case

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The calls keep coming.

Sgt. Greg Sorensen will pick up the phone and get a tip. He'll hear a name he knows well: Regina Bos.

"The leads never stop coming in. We probably get information several times a year now," said Sgt. Sorensen, Lincon Police Department.

That's several times a year, for a case that's more than twelve years old. It happened October 17, 2000. Gina Bos left Duggan's Pub after a night of playing music. No one has seen her since.

"We got reports of Gina being sighted in California, Las Vegas, Colorado, Michigan, South Dakota, just all over the country," Sgt. Sorensen said.

None proved true, and neither did the rumors: that she'd been mixed up with drugs, going through hard times, that a cartel is involved or even that she simply ran away. Sgt. Sorensen said it didn't happen like that. In fact, the investigation showed things were going well for Gina. She had a new job and, of course, the three children she loved so much.

"My mom was like my rock," her daughter, Annie Williams said. "It was almost like a part of my heart or a part of my spirit left me when she didn't come home that night. The way that it happened I felt like she wasn't coming back."

And, she didn't.

Sgt. Sorensen thinks somebody Gina knew took her and killed her. He thinks he knows who that person is.

"He knows that I know. But, he also knows that I don't have enough to arrest him yet," Sgt. Sorensen said. "But, if I find a body, maybe I do. Maybe that's the only thing I'm lacking at this point."

While he looks for what could close his case, Gina's family looks for answers. And, they're not looking just for themselves. It's her sister's mission to bring missing persons home to their families. It's a goal brought by chance, not by choice, when Gina disappeared.

"When I started this I had not anticipated that I would be able to find anybody. I just thought we'd help the families feel like somebody cared about them," Jannel Rap said.

And, Jannel is good at it. So far, her organization, 411Gina, has helped find more than 1,100 people .But, there's still Gina.

"When somebody was found, I was shocked. I can't find my own sister, so how could I possibly find somebody else's sister, brother, mother, father and child," Rap said.

Sgt. Sorensen hopes to make that happen for Jannel, and the rest of Gina's family. He wants to bring them answers.

"I just keep going. Sooner or later, maybe I'll get lucky," he said. "Maybe he'll have a change of heart. Maybe he'll come talk to me. I don't know, but I'll continue to talk to him."

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