Find Missing Ann Marie Burr!

Missing Child, Abduction, Crime Victim, Cold Case, Deceased Suspect

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Find Missing Ann Marie Burr!

Find missing Ann Marie Burr!
She has been missing for over 56 years.
Both her parents died not knowing what happened to her.
Ann Marie Burr has spent over half a century
As a missing person.

Find Missing Ann Marie Burr!
Details

Find Missing Ann Marie Burr! Ann Marie Burr has been missing since August 31, 1961. She is missing from Tacoma, Washington State. Ann Mare’s case is classified as a non-family abduction. Her year of birth is 1952. At the time of her disappearance, Ann Marie was 8 years old. Her current age is 65 years old. Ann Marie Burr is described as a Caucasian female. She was 4’2″ tall and 35 pounds at the time of her disappearance. Her hair is blonde and her eyes are hazel. Ann Marie’s name may be spelled “Anne Marie” or “Ann-Marie.” She has red marks on her left hand and malformed fingernails due to a fungal infection.

When she was last seen, Ann Marie was wearing a handmade ankle-length light blue nightgown with blue and white flowers. She wore a small chain necklace with two religious medals. These medals had engraved images of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, and a silver identification bracelet. It contained her name, address and phone number. And it had the phrase “Saint Christopher Protect Us.”

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Circumstances

Ann Marie Burr was last seen in her home. It was located in the 3000 block of north 14th Street in Tacoma, Washington. This incident occurred on August 31, 1961. Ann Marie shared her bedroom with her three-year-old sister, who had a broken arm at the time. In the middle of the night, Ann Marie brought her sister to their parents’ room. This was because the younger girl’s cast was bothering her and she was crying. Their parents told them to go back to bed. Ann Marie has never been heard from again. Ann Marie’s mother got up at 5:30 A.M. And she discovered her daughter was missing. The front door had been locked and chained the evening before. But Ann Marie’s mother found it unlocked from the inside and open.

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Immediately After the Disappearance

There was a small living room window they had kept open a few inches. And in the morning it was found opened wider, with a piece of red thread stuck in the jam. A garden bench had been taken from behind the house and put in front of the window. A faint footprint was found outside the open window. It had been distorted by the previous night’s heavy rainstorm. But authorities believe it was from a Keds sneaker, size 6 or 7. A small man or a teenager would have feet that size. A similar footprint was found in the back of the house by the basement window.

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Investigation

There was no sign of Ann Marie anywhere. And there was no sign of a struggle in her bedroom. Her sister and her two brothers who slept in the basement had not been disturbed. But the family’s dog had barked that night. Ann Marie’s parents had heard it and assumed it was scared of the storm. Neighbors reported that in the days prior to Ann Marie’s disappearance, they had seen someone in their yard. The individual was peering into their windows, but they couldn’t describe the person. Ann Marie’s disappearance was treated as an abduction from the beginning. Authorities theorized that she was possibly taken by someone she knew. They investigated convicted sex offenders living in the neighborhood. But they could link no one to her disappearance.

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Suspect?

One man made a ransom threat. However, he turned out to be an opportunist. And he had nothing to do with Ann Marie’s disappearance. This individual was charged with disorderly conduct. A teenage boy who was a neighbor of the Ann Marie family failed a polygraph about the case. He passed a second test. But the police never ruled him out as a suspect. An extensive search of Tacoma turned up no clues as to Ann Marie’s whereabouts. Various suspects surfaced over the years and several people claimed to be her abductor. However, none of the stories could be verified.

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Ted Bundy Connection

The case grew cold and remained so. That was until the serial killer Theodore Robert “Ted” Bundy came into the spotlight in the 1970’s. He was convicted of several murders and is suspected in scores more. This includes in the disappearances of Nancy Baird, Lynette Culver, Julie Cunningham, Susan Curtis, Georgeann Hawkins, Vicki Hollar, Rita Lorraine Jolly, Debra Kent, Donna Manson, Denise Oliverson. And it includes many other girls and young women. He was executed in Florida in 1989. Bundy lived only a few blocks from Ann Marie’s home at the time of her disappearance. And he apparently knew her though accounts differ as to how well they were acquainted. He was only fourteen years old when she disappeared and was not considered a suspect in his case until his killings came to light over fifteen years later.

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It is worth noting that Bundy confessed to many murders he had not been charged with. He always denied involvement in Ann Marie’s presumed abduction. Nonetheless, many people believe she was his first victim. Ann Marie was about to begin the third grade at Grant Elementary School when she vanished. And she had studied piano for two years. Ann Marie was raised to be independent and, beginning in kindergarten, walked several blocks to school alone every day. Her parents stated she was intelligent, artistically talented and an obedient daughter who didn’t cause any problems at home.

Ann Marie’s parents adopted another daughter a few years after her disappearance. Her father died in 2003 and her mother in 2008, but all four of her siblings are still alive. Her case remains unsolved.

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Appeal

Ann Marie Burr has been missing for over 56 years. She has been missing longer than many of us have been alive. Both her parents died not getting answers about what happened to their daughter. Ann Marie’s four siblings are still alive. They are likely older people themselves. Will they, too, die without knowing what really happened to their sister? Ann Marie’s parents adopted another daughter after her disappearance, but no child can be a “replacement child” for one lost. And Ann Marie is believed to be Ted Bundy’s first victim, but that has never been confirmed. Ann Marie’s case is over 56 years old. And police may very well close it if they feel they cannot solve it. Before that happens, is it possible that new tips and leads can be generated?

Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Ann Marie Burr? Do you have information concerning the person (s) responsible for her disappearance? If you have any information, please contact the Tacoma Police Department 253-798-4721. You can also leave an online tip on their website. Click here to leave your tip online here.

This article gives more insight into Ann Marie Burr’s case. Click here to and learn more.

The above information can be found on Ann Marie Burr’s Charley Project Page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International.

The above image is courtesy of Ann Marie Burr’s NamUs Database.

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I'm a Christian, meaning that I have a relationship with God, through trust in HIs Son Jesus. I'm a pro-life blogger, and I have three websites, focused on the sanctity of life. The first one is https://neverabortion.com, which is specific to calling for an end to abortion through educating people about alternatives and pro-life news and opinions. The second site, https://alllivesaresacred.com, is also devoted to ending abortion through reaching out to moms in crisis and educating them on alternatives. This second site has the broader aim of celebrating the sanctity of all human life. Born and unborn. I want to reach a broad audience through the second site. The third site, https://www.missingadultskids.com, is devoting to finding missing persons, identifying the unidentified, and bringing justice to victims of crime.

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