Karen Lee Burger

Burger, circa 2011; Allen Hilgefort; Christina Hilgefort

  • Missing Since 07/25/2011
  • Missing From New Smyrna Beach, Florida
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 08/17/1954 (67)
  • Age 56 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'3, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Burger may use the last name Haulman. Some agencies give her middle name as Ruth. Her ears are pierced.

Details of Disappearance

Burger was last seen at a residence on Bogey Circle in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on July 25, 2011. She has never been heard from again. Her father, who reported her missing, stated her drug problem may have caused her disappearance. She left her pet dog behind at her home.

In November 2011, authorities announced they were seeking to question Burger's daughter, Christina Lea Thompson Hilgefort, age 38, and son-in-law, Allen Arthur Hilgefort, age 33, for questioning in her disappearance. They were being sought as possible witnesses rather than suspects in her case.

The Hilgeforts and their two-year-old son had lived with her until July 25, when she asked them to leave and they moved into a motel. They all disappeared on July 28, but weren't reported missing. Photographs of the couple are posted with this case summary. Both of them have criminal records; Christina has been arrested several times for alcohol-related incidents and Allen previously served a year in prison for burglary.

Investigators located the family after they were involved in a traffic crash in Ohio in late December. The police haven't said why the Hilgeforts disappeared or whether they had anything useful to disclose about Burger's disappearance.

Burger may be traveling in a white 1994 Ford Ranger pickup truck purchased by the Hilgeforts. It has no license plates and is still registered in the name of its previous owner, Elaine Culp. Burger's case remains unsolved and the circumstances of her disappearance are unclear.

Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated August 5, 2014; three pictures added.