June 15, 2022

UPDATE: Teen Stepson Charged with Murder of Delta State Music Professor

Nicole McCardle

Update 6/17/22

Dr. Karen Forsheim

A suspect has been arrested and charged with murder of Delta State University music professor, Karen Fosheim, on Tuesday, June 14.

The accused is 14-year-old Alseny Camara.

He is Fosheim’s teenage stepson.

Fosheim, 57, was found by Boyle Police. She was suffocated on the floor of their home.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) helped process the scene.

Camara was charged with murder on Thursday, June 16 and was denied bond. He is being held at the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility.

Original Post

According to a post made by the Bolivar Bullet, the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the possible homicide of the Delta State University Dean of Music, Dr. Karen Fosheim.

On June 14, at about 4:00 p.m. Boyle Police Officer Justin McClain received a call to conduct a welfare check at a home on North Brooks Avenue in Boyle.

At 5:15 p.m., the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Office received a call from McClain requesting assistance at the residence for a possible homicide.

When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered a white female lying on the floor of the residence. She appeared to have been suffocated.

It was determined that the deceased was Dr. Karen Fosheim, 57, of Boyle.

In 2015, a Delta State University teacher was considered “a person of interest” in the shooting of Mississippi college professor,  Ethan Schmidt.

In a written statement, Delta State University President William N. LaForge said, “Dr. Karen Fosheim was a well-respected educator and valued member of the Delta State family. As Chair of the Music Department and Professor of Music, she lived an accomplished professional and personal life filled with the music she loved, and that she passed on to her students. She will be sorely missed.”

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was called in to process the scene and the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department is actively working the incident.
A person of interest has allegedly been taken into custody in connection with this case.
This is an ongoing investigation, and more information will be provided as details develop.

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