Jarrett Lee Burton

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Above Images: Burton, circa 2007


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 4, 2007 from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: November 21, 1948
  • Age: 58 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 190 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Graying black hair, brown eyes. Burton wears wire-framed eyeglasses. He has a freckle on his nose, a scar on his right index finger and a scar at the base of his throat. Burton has previously fractured his left arm.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light-colored, ripped dress shirt, beige dress pants and black shoes.
  • Medical Conditions: Burton suffers from bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorder and needs medication to control his conditions. He stopped taking his medication prior to his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Burton was last seen at approximately 8:00 p.m. on April 4, 2007 at his residence in the vicinity of the 1400 block of Seidersville Road in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

    According to his sister, Burton had a mental breakdown while a student at Kenyon College in Ohio. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorder and prescribed medications. Burton reportedly stopped taking his medicine prior to his disappearance, claiming the drugs didn't work anymore. On the night of his disappearance, he had an argument with his girlfriend, broke a window in his house and ran off into the rain. He has never been heard from again.

    Burton has a Ph.D in microbiology and worked in his field at the time of his disappearance. His sister believes he changed his identity and started a new life because he is too ashamed to return to his family. His case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    ABC News


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 29, 2013; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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