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    WA - Bertha Burke, 30, Port Angeles, 20 Feb 1970

    This case is now 40 years old...


    Bertha Louise Burke
    Missing since February 20, 1970 from Port Angeles, Washington.
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: May 16, 1940
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 30 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'10"; 130-140 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes.

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Bertha Louise Burke disappeared in late February of 1970 from her Port Angeles home, leaving her three young children in their house. Foul play is suspected. At the time of her disappearance, she was in the process of getting a divorce from her husband, and at the time he was a person of interest to police.

    In 2003, FBI experts using ground penetrating radar searched the driveway of Burke's former home on East 13th Street and a parking lot on East Eighth Street, the former site of Burke's husband's business. Cadaver dogs sniffed the locations for human remains but found nothing. Police have no further searches planned.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Port Angeles Police Department
    360-452-4545

    Source Information:

    Peninsula Daily News
    KIRO TV
    The Doe Network: Case File 1041DFWA

    LINK:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1041dfwa.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Is Bertha's husband still living? How willing was he in the investigation? Did he take a polygraph? What were the results?

    Satch

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    It would seem that her husband is the prime suspect in this case. I don't know if he has ever been cooperative with investigators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    It would seem that her husband is the prime suspect in this case. I don't know if he has ever been cooperative with investigators.
    I agree.

    Satch

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    I found some information... Not that it is of any help but just to have.

    From familysearch.org :

    Given Name: Bertha
    Middle Name:
    Surname: Burke
    Name Suffix:
    Birth Date: 16 May 1940
    Social Security Number: xxx-xx-xxxx
    State: Washington
    Last Place of Residence:
    Previous Residence Postal Code:
    Event Date: February 1970
    Age: 30

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    And from the Washington Digitial Archives...
    Marriage certificate for Douglas A. Burke and Bertha Louise Cronawert August 16, 1958
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    And an obituary for Douglas Burke from 2008:

    http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/ap...=2008810070312

    "On Aug. 16, 1958, he married Louise Cronawert, with whom he had three children. She preceded him in death.

    He married Marylee McLean Gilchrist, the mother of four children, in the summer of 1971; she died in 1988."

    More at link but it says she preceded him in death and it refers to her as "Louise" so maybe she went by that.
    With her death date shown as "February 1970" in the Washington State Digital archives does that mean they declared her as dead?

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    A facebook for her:
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Missi...98290306880436

    It looks like one of her children created it. How heartbreaking. I hope we can help bring their mama home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    photos:

    3 more photos at link

    I do not find a NamUs listing for Bertha.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LotsaLatte View Post
    And an obituary for Douglas Burke from 2008:

    http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/ap...=2008810070312

    "On Aug. 16, 1958, he married Louise Cronawert, with whom he had three children. She preceded him in death.

    He married Marylee McLean Gilchrist, the mother of four children, in the summer of 1971; she died in 1988."

    More at link but it says she preceded him in death and it refers to her as "Louise" so maybe she went by that.
    With her death date shown as "February 1970" in the Washington State Digital archives does that mean they declared her as dead?
    Well, he either got a divorce or she was declared dead because he married Mary Lee in June, 1971. She died very young. She is listed as being 35 on their marriage record and the obituary states that she died in 1981 - just ten years later.

    Also, the obituary states that he and his third wife adopted two children. He was 67 at the time they adopted so, she must have been quite a bit younger than him?

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    Mrs. Burke has recently been added to NamUs: https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/25714/3



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