Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Burr was last seen in her home in the 3000 block of North 14th Street in Tacoma, Washington on the night of August 13, 1961. Ann and her sister Mary went to their bedrooms about 8:30 or 9 p.m. A couple of hours later their parents went to sleep in their ground-floor bedroom. Annís mother, Beverly, chained and locked the front door before going to bed. Beverly awoke about 5 a.m. and checking Ann Marieís upstairs bedroom, she found the bed empty and her oldest daughter missing.
The front door of the house which was locked with the chain from the inside was standing wide open and there was a window in the living room that had been opened from the outside. There was a bench pulled up to the window outside where somebody had stood on the bench and opened the window. The bench that was leaned up against the side of the building subsequently was determined to have a partial palm print on it. Investigators discovered a faint footprint outside the window, which they believe was from a size 6 or 7 sneaker. The 8-year-oldís room showed no signs of a struggle.
Police brought in bloodhounds, but the wind and rain had erased Ann's scent. More than 800 National Guardsmen, Army troops and police officers combed the city looking for Ann. They used helicopters to search from above and divers to explore sewer lines and the outlets into Commencement Bay. Authorities interviewed several persons of interest, but were unable to determine what happened to Ann Marie. Serial-killer Ted Bundy has been named as a suspect in the case. He was just 14 years old when Ann disappeared and lived two miles away. Bundy denied being involved in the abduction.
Ann was to start third grade at Grant Elementary School at the time. She was a member of the local Blue Birds troop and she loved crafts. She played the piano. The Burrs had moved into the two-story brick home five years earlier. Donald Burr worked as a warehouseman at Camp Murray; Beverly kept more than busy with four children. Ann Marie's father died in 2003 and her mother in 2008.
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Tacoma Police Department