Leanda Burgess

Above: Burgess, circa 1994


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 22, 1994 from Cocoa, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 9, 1916
  • Age: 77 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Brown eyes. Burgess is bald. He has a scar on his left cheek.
  • Medical Conditions: Burgess suffers from Alzheimer's Disease.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Burgess was last seen at his residence in the 3600 block of Shelly Court in Cocoa, Florida at 11:00 a.m. on April 22, 1994. Due to his Alzheimer's Disease, he had a history of wandering away from home and forgetting how to get back; police and neighbors had picked him up several times. He was never seen or heard from again.

    Another elderly person in Cocoa, Mary Zedalis, disappeared the same month as Burgess and was never found in spite of an extensive search. Investigators don't have any reason to believe the cases were related, however. Both disappearances remain unsolved and police believe both Burgess and Zedalis died shortly after they went missing.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Cocoa Police Department


    Source Information
    Cocoa Police Department
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    Florida Today


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 14, 2017; details of disappearance updated.

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