Christopher James Winkler

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Above Images: Winkler, circa 1987


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 16, 1987 from Burlington, Wisconsin
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 31, 1967
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11 - 6'2, 190 - 220 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Winkler has a round two-inch scar above his knee. He may have a light beard and/or mustache. His nickname is Chris.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gray jacket (possibly leather), blue jeans, brown work boots or work shoes, and possibly a flannel shirt over a thermal shirt.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Winkler was last seen in Burlington, Wisconsin on February 16, 1987. He was at a male acquaintance's house that night and a younger friend went to visit him to ask him to buy beer. Winkler was old enough to purchase alcohol, but his friend was underage. The friend stated the man Winkler was with seemed nervous and was sweating. After Winkler purchased the beer, his friend dropped him off at the man's house and drove away as Winkler was walking towards the door. He reportedly never made it inside.

    Winkler may have been seen at another friend's house after he was dropped off. He was reportedly banging on the door and asking for help, but his friend's father thought he was drunk and told him to leave. He has never been heard from again. After his disappearance, several people made statements about dumping him in a local marsh.

    Prior to his disappearance, Winkler and three other local men were charged with breaking into the Auctioneer's Inn in the 4600 block of Sheard Road in Dover, Wisconsin on December 1, 1986. Over $3,500 in shellfish, liquor and other items were stolen. The charges against Winkler were dismissed after his disappearance when the statute of limitations expired. It isn't clear whether the burglary had anything to do with his disappearance.

    Winkler's family stated he was very close to them and was always home for dinner each night; they don't believe he would have left of his own accord. Foul play is suspected in his case, which remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Racine County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults
    Facebook Page for Christopher Winkler
    The Journal Times


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 22, 2017; casefile added.

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