25 Years Later BPD Continues to Seek the Public’s Help in Murder of Karina Holmer

On June 23, 1996, BPD Homicide Detectives began their investigation into the murder of 20-year-old Karina Holmer who was last seen on June 22, 1996, in the area of Tremont Street and Boylston Place in Downtown Boston as she left the infamous Zanzibar nightclub. As the anniversary of her tragic death approaches, investigators assigned to the BPD Unsolved Homicide Unit are seeking the public’s help to solve this heinous crime. Any piece of information, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, could make a tremendous difference in the course of this decade’s long investigation.

Holmer was murdered in June of 1996. She was an au pair and used a South Boston loft on the weekends that was owned by the family she worked for. She was out with a group of her friends at Zanzibar, near the Boston Common on the Friday night of her disappearance. She was last seen shortly after bar close, near the corner of Boylston and Tremont. Her body was discovered Sunday morning by a man hunting for bottles and cans near Fenway Park. The man discovered the upper half of her body, the lower half was never recovered.

The absence of a crime scene and other half of her body is partly what has made this case so difficult to crack. There were hundreds of tips reported to police, and the investigation was comprised of some of the top Boston Police investigators, with help from the FBI Behavioral Sciences Team. They were unable to profile a suspect capable of committing a crime of such nature and were unable to provide any type of evidence without a crime scene.

The Boston Police Department Unsolved Homicide Unit continues to review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact (617) 343-4470. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.