I am passionate about missing persons cases due to a personal family experience of having someone go missing in my family.
Details About Regina
- Regina is a white female with auburn hair and brown eyes.
- She was 40 years old at the time of her disappearance.
- She is 5'6" and 105 pounds.
- She has facial freckles and a small yellow rose tattoo on her back, and her ears are pierced multiple times.
- She has wire-framed glasses but also wears contact lenses.
- She also goes by the nickname Gina and her maiden name was Rap. Her married last name was Williams.
- Her birthday is 11/04/1959, and she went missing on 10/18/2000.
Regina had six siblings growing up, and she was the third one out of them all. She and one of her sisters shared the middle child position in the family. As a child and into adulthood, Regina was one of those people who would light up the room when she entered. She was very creative growing up always doing some kind of art project, either painting, sculpting, or drawing. Her family was very close and also was big in music. Her parents and siblings all learned to sing and play instruments, and Regina found she had a natural talent for singing. Even her grandparents had musical backgrounds.
Regina Bos had three children from her first marriage and had been divorced twice. She and her most recent ex-husband, Dave Bos, had ended their relationship on good terms and had stayed good friends. Regina and her boyfriend Michael Johnson had made plans to meet up after she was done singing at the Pub on the night she went missing.
She was a very strong woman who had a stubborn side, and she worked hard for everything she had. At the time she went missing, she was waiting on a house for humanity for her and her children.
Jannel Rap said her sister had just gotten a job as a manager at a FedEx Kinkos in Lincoln, NE, and was really excited about it. Regina was also a very talented singer and guitarist who loved to perform. She would regularly perform at Duggans Pub in downtown Lincoln, NE, and the night of her disappearance seemed like every other night she would perform.
On October 16, 2000, Regina went to Duggan’s Pub for a friend's baby shower during the day and was asked to come back that night by a friend to play for the open mic night. She was a regular musician at the Pub and hadn’t initially planned on performing this night but decided to go anyway.
On this night her ex-husband, Dave Bos, was there and watched her perform. They talked for a while and caught up on things. He told the police that Regina was happy and in good spirits after getting the job at Kinkos. Dave left the bar around 10 pm by himself after Regina was done singing. He said when he left Regina was talking and having fun with other singers and friends at the bar.
After the baby shower, Regina went home and was greeted by her boyfriend Michael and her children. Her middle child, who was 13 at the time, had come back from a trip to Disney World with her parents. She made sure to spend time with her children and tuck them into bed before she and Michael headed to the bar.
On the way to the bar, Regina and Michael got into a disagreement and Michael then decided he didn’t want to go to the bar and had Regina drop him off at his home. He still asked Regina if she could stop by his apartment when she was done singing to pick him up so they could stay at her house that night. Michael’s apartment is only about ten blocks from the bar. Michael had fallen asleep waiting for Regina and woke up around midnight. When he noticed she had not stopped by, he thought she just went home and decided he’d call her in the morning.
A few hours later, Michael found he couldn’t sleep and decided to page Regina a few times to talk with her. What he didn’t know is that Regina had left her pager at home, and her three children, who were 11, 13, and 15 at the time, woke up upon hearing the beeping. When the children noticed their mother was not home, they called their father and their grandparents, Regina’s parents.
Once he determined nobody knew where Regina was, Michael called the police and filed a missing person report. He made the call at 6:38 am on October 17, 2000. That same day Michael and some of Regina’s friends went to Duggan’s Pub and asked around if anybody had seen Regina or knew where she was. They noticed Regina’s car parked across the street with the trunk slightly ajar with her guitar and music sheets inside.
Detective Greg Sorensen was given this case, and he also investigated the bar that afternoon. He questioned people who worked at the bar and some of the patrons. He found out that Regina had left the bar around 1 am at closing time. While her guitar and sheet music had been found in her car, her purse was not found. Detective Sorensen started a search on foot with cadaver dogs. There was no sign of a struggle, no blood or DNA evidence, and it was believed she did not leave her car on her own accord.
Regina’s sister Jannel lived in California at the time. She remembered getting a call from her brother saying she needed to come home because Gina was missing. As soon as she arrived in Lincoln the next day she started handing out fliers and actively searching for her sister. Jannel and her brother knew something was wrong because Regina loved her kids very much and would never abandon them.
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Detective Sorensen interviewed everyone who knew Regina, and while following every tip that came in, they never had any strong leads. He believes Regina was taken by someone she knew and possibly trusted. He said there would be no way she would be forcibly taken by a stranger without anybody from the bar noticing something. It was closing time at the bar so she wasn’t the only one outside and someone had to have seen something.
Duggan’s Pub has video cameras in and around the building but unfortunately that night they had forgotten to turn them on. This isn’t a common mistake for the business, and detectives and Jannel said it was just bad luck that this was the night it happened.
Regina’s boyfriend Michael was extremely distraught by her disappearance. He said he loved her very much and he felt beside himself and broken by the whole ordeal. He didn’t know how to function and was overcome with grief.
Regina’s boyfriend Michael was one of the first people to be considered a suspect in her disappearance, but after being questioned and having a lie detector test done he was ruled out as a suspect. Some of her family still have their doubts about him, but the police are not looking into him anymore.
As of 2018, the retired detective has gone on record saying he thinks he knows who killed Regina but that they don't have enough evidence or probable cause to arrest anyone. Because they need to still protect the integrity of the case, they haven't listed anybody publicly.
18 years later, Ken Koziol is still on the case and still following every lead he gets. They still get calls coming in from all over and they still follow up on every tip they get. This case is still on everyone’s mind at the Lincoln Police Department even after all these years.
The initial detective on her case, Greg Sorensen, has retired from the force but her case is not forgotten. While her case is still classified as a missing person, it is believed that Regina is no longer alive. Former Detective Sorensen has told reporters that they don’t have enough probable cause to arrest anybody but that he feels he knows who kidnapped and killed Regina.
Unfortunately, a lot of these ‘tips’ came from rumors and prisoners in jail who just wanted to get out of their cells and for entertainment. They used her lack of evidence in this case to try and make their situation better by getting lighter sentences.
Jannel Rap still sings songs for her sister and still runs the page for her sister and other missing people. She performs her tour called The Squeaky Wheel Tour to help raise awareness for Gina and other missing persons. Jannel and Gina’s children have never given up hope that she will be found. They learned early on that they needed to not get their hopes too high unless they had a reliable lead but that they still would believe every one of the leads.
Regina’s sister believes someone she knew came up to her that night and asked to have a quick conversation with her. She thinks Regina may have gotten in the car to talk and was then kidnapped. The trunk of her car may have been opened by the button on her car keys or she could have not shut it all the way.
Another theory was made by a psychic that said Regina was dead. She claimed someone she knew had taken her and killed her. She claimed the Lincoln Police would find Regina’s body in a car in the junkyard across from Duggan’s Pub. Regrettably, the police didn’t believe this was credible enough and never checked the junkyard.
Because there is such little information on her case, witnesses saw nothing suspicious, no DNA, no fingerprints, no blood, no sign of a struggle; she simply just disappeared. Besides grotesque rumors and lies that some people spread, there are no real publicly known strong leads or suspects in her case.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Regina Marie Bos or what happened on the night of October 17, 2000 outside of Duggan’s Pub, please call the Lincoln Police Department at 402-441-6000
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