Bertha Louise Burke

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Above Images: Burke, circa 1970

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 20, 1970 from Port Angeles, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 16, 1940
  • Age: 29 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 130 - 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Burke may go by her middle name, Louise. She may use the last name Cronawert. She doesn't usually wear much makeup, and her two front teeth are unusually large.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Burke was last seen in her home in the 100 block of east 13th Street in Port Angeles, Washington on February 20, 1970. She has never been heard from again. She apparently left home sometime after midnight, leaving behind her three children, aged between two and six years old, alone. She also left her purse behind. Burke was in the process of a divorce at the time of her 1970 disappearance and was seeing another man. Police have named her husband as a person of interest in her disappearance. She was seeking the divorce on grounds of cruelty.

    In 2003, 33 years after Burke disappeared, investigators searched for her body with ground-penetrating radar and cadaver dogs. They concentrated on the driveway of her former home, and a parking lot behind her husband's former place of work on east 8th Street. Tests indicated that something was buried underneath a concrete slab, but when authorities dug underneath it they found no evidence. Nothing was located during the search and investigators do not plan to search further.

    Foul play is suspected in Burke's disappearance. Her husband remarried after her disappearance and then died in 2008. In his obituary, Burke was said to have died in February 1970, the month she disappeared. Her case is unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Port Angeles Police Department
    360-452-4545

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    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Peninsula Daily News
    KIRO TV
    Facebook Page for Bertha Burke
    Peter Henderson Jr.
    The Port Angeles Evening News

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 26, 2017; picture added.

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