Family Mourns the Loss of Kidnapped Victim


Barbara J. Bobbye Bosworth, 60, of Alexandria, died September 13, 2008 in a car crash after being abducted from the Springfield Mall by two men.

The assailants had taken Bosworth to a convenience store in Prince William County where they forced her to withdraw money from an ATM.

Within minutes of leaving the store, Bosworths Saturn, with Bosworth in the back seat, crashed into trees at Neabsco Road and Indus Drive, killing her and one of her abductors. The other assailant was charged with carjacking and abduction with intent to extort money.

Bosworth was born on November 10, 1947, in Arlington County, to John and Wanda Spink. She attended Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield before graduating from Wakefield High School in 1967.

Bosworth worked at the Kositzka, Wicks and Co. accounting firm for more than a decade and prior to that was a receptionist for the Wirthlin Group.  Bobbye loved animals, nature and interior design. The family has requested that donations in her memory may be made to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. In April of this year, the Bosworths adopted their Pomeranian Beau from the AWLA.  Bosworth was well known for her gardening prowess and her visits to Ben Brenman Park with her husband Tom and

Pomeranian Beau. She spent many hours giving back to the community and was a good friend and neighbor to many.

Fran Becker, the Executive Director of the Carpenters Shelter, was saddened to hear of her loss and the circumstances of her death. Bobbye was a volunteer here at Carpenters Shelter and she will really be missed by everyone who knew her.