Missing man found in wife’s flowerbed

I didn’t have this guy on Charley, more’s the pity. It looks like he was never officially reported missing. But the police have found a long-missing guy, David Bostic, buried in his wife’s garden. This was in North Carolina.

David Ellis Bostic disappeared sometime in the mid-1990s. The time his family saw him was in 1994 and the police have his voting record from 1996 and that’s the last sign of him. He’d been sick and his wife, Ruth, said he’d gone to a nursing home several states away. Everyone believed the story.

Ruth appears to have suffered from mental illness for much of her life. In the decade and a half after David dropped out of sight, her mental condition deteriorated and she become the neighborhood’s resident crazy person, as well as being estranged from her family. Her house fell into disrepair but she kept her garden up nicely. When she died last year, no one noticed until her mail started piling up. She was 78. Naturally, she had continued to collect David’s Social Security checks until she died.

Apparently it wasn’t till after Ruth’s death that anyone realized David was missing, although his family wondered why they hadn’t heard from him in so long. On a hunch, the police dug up the garden, and there he was.

Perhaps David simply died. He was a lot older than Ruth was, and he was in his eighties when he disappeared. In fact, I think that’s the most likely explanation: David died and Ruth concealed his death either because she was batshit crazy, or to collect his Social Security checks. The autopsy didn’t reveal anything suspicious — although, after so many years, evidence of murder would be harder to find.

It reminds me a bit of the Walter Dunson case.

New York Daily News
The Associated Press

2 thoughts on “Missing man found in wife’s flowerbed

  1. Kat June 29, 2011 / 10:12 pm

    Why is it always the backyard/flower garden/greenhouse? Hasn’t this happened a bunch of times before? I seem to recall reading about more than one case where the victim is RIGHT there.

    • Meaghan June 30, 2011 / 2:35 pm

      Well, it is convenient.

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