Diane Hopson

Above: Hopson, circa 2007


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 18, 2007 from Mabank, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 62 years old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Hopson was last seen at her home on Van Zandt County Road 2815 near Mabank, Texas on November 18, 2007. She has never been heard from again. Her daughter called the police just before midnight the following day after discovering evidence of a struggle at Hopson's home. A significant amount of blood was found on the back porch. Hopson's car, keys, purse and cellular phone were left behind at her home. Drag marks were also noticed at the scene.

    Nearly two weeks after Hopson's disappearance, Johnson Walter Burris was arrested and charged with her murder. A photograph of Burris is posted below this case summary. He had known Hopson for about fifteen years prior to her disappearance. Hopson's neighbors stated they heard a loud argument at her home on the night of November 18. Burris's light-colored pickup truck was the last vehicle known to be parked at her house, and he admitted that he went to her home that day to fix her tractor. Police found blood in Burris's truck when it was searched.

    Hopson's body has not been recovered, but authorities believe they can make a case against Burris without it. Foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

    Above: Johnson Walter Burris


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office


    Source Information
    MyFox Dallas - Fort Worth
    The Athens Daily Review
    KETK NBC 56
    KLTV 7 News
    Van Zandt Newspapers
    The Terrell Tribune


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 24, 2008; casefile added.

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