Michael Duane Burnett

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Left: Michael, circa 1971;
Right: Age-progression to age 51 (circa 2007)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 17, 1971 from Oroville, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 21, 1956
  • Age: 14 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'9 - 6'0, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Michael has a surgical scar on the left side of his chest from partial lung removal, and a a small scar near his right eye. He is left-handed. His nickname is Mike.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue sweater, green pants and brown suede shoes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Michael was last seen leaving his home on Clement Drive in Oroville, California on March 17, 1971. He was planning to walk down Lower Wyandotte to Central Middle School, but never arrived and has never been heard from again. Michael got in an argument with his mother the day of his disappearance, and initially she thought he might have gone to the state of Washington, where his father lived. He apparently never made it there, however.

    Foul play is suspected in Michael's case. Authorities don't believe he left of his own accord, as he had no history of such behavior and wasn't having any personal problems at the time of his disappearance. He did get in a fight with some other people from another school a few days before his disappearance, and was sent home early due to his injuries. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Butte County Sheriff's Office
    530-538-7321

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    ABC News 10
    NamUs
    The Doe Network
    Butte County Sheriff's Office

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    Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 11, 2013; details of disappearance updated.

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