Mesa author reinvestigates sister’s murder in new true crime

MESA, Ariz. — Author Karen Beaudin announces the nationwide release of her new book, “A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice — A True Story.”

“A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice — A True Story” is the sequel to Beaudin’s book, “A Child is Missing: A True Story.” Both books explain the reality that murder follows a family throughout their entire life. Future events such as investigations, reactivations, trials and appeals constantly remind a victims’ family of their loss. Without answers, families continue to search for truth. The search for truth led Beaudin to write her books.

Beaudin’s sister, Kathy, was murdered in 1971; she was 13. The case was reactivated in 1983 and again in 2004. In 2006, Kathy’s remains were exhumed for DNA. No one has ever been arrested for this horrific crime, and Kathy continues to be an unsolved homicide. “A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice” covers the reactivation of Kathy’s investigation. Beaudin interviewed over 50 people and researched for six years to prepare for this sequel. She’s acquired new information from retired investigators, current law enforcement officers and classmates of Kathy’s.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Beaudin, who is a published author and public speaker, addresses the subject of unsolved homicides to various institutions — including law enforcement and universities — during training seminars, conferences and criminal justice programs. Her media interviews include Elizabeth Vargas from ABC “20/20;” Bob Ward, Crime Reporter from Fox News Boston and Sean MacDonald, Andy Hershberger and Ray Brewer from WMUR-TV.

Beaudin’s awards include Governor John Lynch: Appreciation for outstanding service on behalf of victims of crime, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine: Valuable contribution to Ohio’s law enforcement and Ohio Fraternal Order of Police: Valuable contribution to Unsolved Homicide Initiative. The author is also currently based in Arizona.

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