Arundel police review missing person case dating back 38 years

Anne Arundel County police are taking a fresh look at a case they visited in 2007, involving the disappearance of a woman that may date back to the 1970s.

Police are asking if anyone knows the whereabouts of, or has any information about, Karen Beth Kamsch, a woman who would be 52 today and may have disappeared in 1976 - though police are uncertain of the circumstances.


The department on Friday issued a photo of Kamsch as she looked at about age 14; and an age progression rendering of how police think she may look today.

According to a police press release, officers began looking into Kamsch's disappearance in 2007 when they received a tip that she had been missing since winter 1976.


Police believe that as a teenager, Kamsch had moved in with her grandmother, Olga Kamsch, at a house on Wishing Rock Road in Pasadena after having problems with her family. Olga Kamsch is now deceased.

The 2007 investigation indicated that in 1976, Olga Kamsch was called by school officials and told Karen Kamsch was absent from school. Olga Kamsch discovered the girl wasn't home, and that her belongings, including a winter coat, were still in her room.

Police say Olga Kamsch and the girl's father may have called in a missing persons report, but no record could be found. Police say that during the 2007 review, detectives checked computer databases and other sources, and found a birth certificate and some records that she attended Brooklyn Park Senior School - but nothing after 1976.

In August 2007 police conducted a search at the Pasadena home, and have since conducted interviews and other research. Police now say Karen Kamsch's disappearance is suspicious in nature, and they believe she may be dead.

On Friday, the department asked that anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Karen Kamsch contact Detective Jason Dipietro of the Homicide Unit at 410-222-3415. Individuals may also call the Anne Arundel County Homicide Tip Line at 410-923-4543. They can remain anonymous. Individuals also call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.