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    NJ - Martin 'Mike' Burkle, 16, Philadelphia, 13 Oct 1975

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    Martin Michael Burkle, 16, disappeared in 1975. A body found three days later was finally identified as his in 2000. An unidentified body that had been found in Big Timber Creek in Gloucester Township three days after Burkle's disappearance and later was buried in Lakeland Memorial Park, a veterans cemetery and partial potter's field in the township, was exhumed by court order and positively identified as Burkle's.




    I saw this while looking through Doenetwork and looked to see what was on here. I found nothing. When I searched for the name, all I got were things about either Michael Jackson or Elliot Spitzer (?!?). I have never posted a new thread, but I thought he deserved a thread. Sure hope I do it right.

    This is a good, fairly lengthy story about the case from Philly.com (Philadelphia Inquirer):
    http://articles.philly.com/2010-10-1...-person-fliers

    Another article from Philly.com:
    http://articles.philly.com/2000-06-2...ody-exhumed-bp





    *** I know that the above links will likely wind up useless, as they only keep stories up for so long before they're purged or archived. I will try to add snippets from the stories so the info can stay here. ***
    Last edited by bflocket; 10-03-2011 at 04:08 PM. Reason: rearrange

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    Martin Michael Burkle, 16, disappeared from his job at what was then a BP gas station at Delaware Avenue and Spring Garden Streets on Oct. 13, 1975, leaving behind his jacket, cigarettes and lunch.

    A caller alerted police that the station was unattended. A search was begun but proved fruitless. At first investigators pursued a theory that Burkle had run away, but later they suspected that something had happened to him. Nothing was discovered missing from the station.

    An unidentified body that had been found in Big Timber Creek in Gloucester Township three days after Burkle's disappearance and later was buried in Lakeland Memorial Park, a veterans cemetery and partial potter's field in the township, was exhumed by court order and positively identified as Burkle's.

    On Oct. 16, 1975, hunters had found the naked and decomposing corpse on the creek banks. An autopsy revealed the cause of death was drowning. How the person came to drown was never determined.



    me:
    This is where the case gets complicated. It is terrible that it took so long to identify him. Now that we know more details of his death, it is just as big of a mystery even though we know his name.

    He turns up missing while his boss is away. No money was missing, so the only "robbery" was the people stealing gas while the pumps were unattended.

    He is discovered drowned, and nude, a few days later. His body was found in a creek, on the other side of the Delaware River, in New Jersey.

    Police surmised that he jumped into the Delaware and the tides took him to where he was found.

    His workplace was "near" but not "easily accessible" to the Philadelphia side of the Delaware. Tides may be a factor in the Delaware River's flow, but he was found "up" a tributary on the other side of a large river. And naked.

    The only way their theory would make sense would be if there were reports of a naked man running around looking for the river that day. I could see the tides being involved in placement of the body, but definitely can't see how the mere floating upstream would remove every stitch of his clothing.





    "Official explanations [for Burkle's death] that have been offered so far are unsatisfactory," said Lt. Michael Boyle, of the Philadelphia Special Victims Unit. Boyle was among those who located Burkle's remains, and who argued in 2000 that the case should be ruled a homicide.


    excerpts taken from:
    http://articles.philly.com/2000-06-2...ody-exhumed-bp)
    http://articles.philly.com/2010-10-1...-person-fliers
    Last edited by bflocket; 10-03-2011 at 04:52 PM. Reason: arrangement, looks

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    It sure looks more like foul play than not to me. If a person was thinking about suicide, would they choose to spend the last few hours of their life at a job? Since a bunch of low-lifes were exploiting the situation by stealing gas rather than reporting the suspicious circumstances to police, it must have been in a pretty seedy part of town. I guess stations back then didn't have surveillance cameras.
    This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.


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    Glad that The Inquirer is keeping this info online.

    So the gas station manager left him at 11:15 a.m., and when he returned, Mike was gone. What time did he return to the shop? Why did he refuse comment to the media?

    The fact that Mike left so many belonging inside (radio, smokes, glasses, jacket) mitigates against it being a suicide.
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    But perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could have avoided.
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    Interesting. As far as the station owner not wanting to speak to media - no info as to how old that man might be now, maybe he's just an old guy who does not trust reporters......



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