Brigitte Renee Mitchell
Mitchell, approximately 1999; Nathan Burkett
Date reported missing : 08/18/1999
Missing location (approx) :
Las Vegas, Nevada
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 08/24/1966 (54)
Age at the time of disappearance: 32 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4 - 5'5, 160 - 195 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A tan shirt and beige knee-length pants.
Medical conditions : Mitchell has a history of cocaine abuse.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Mitchell is missing some of her back and side teeth. She has a surgical right arm just above her right elbow and her ears are pierced. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies refer to her as Brigitte Mitchell Thomas.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Mitchell was last seen at her residence Regatta Apartments in the vicinity of the 2100 block of Sandy Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 18, 1999. Neighbors saw her get into a blue Dodge or Toyota truck with a pool company logo on the side. It was driven by two males, one of whom was African-American and the other Hispanic. She has never been heard from again.
One of the men who was in the truck with her eventually returned to the area and said he didn't know Mitchell's whereabouts. He was questioned by police and cleared as a suspect in Mitchell's case.
Nathan Burkett lived in the same apartment complex as Mitchell, and they knew each other. A photo of him is posted with this case summary. Burkett has an extensive criminal record, mostly for violent offenses. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the deaths of two women, one of whom was his mother. DNA linked him to the murders of three more women, two from Las Vegas and one from the Los Angeles, California area.
Burkett is awaiting trial for two of the murders; prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty. It isn't clear whether he was involved in Mitchell's case, however, and he hasn't been named as a suspect.
Mitchell left behind six children. She lived with her brother at the time of her disappearance; he stated it wasn't unusual for her to drop out of sight for a few days at a time, but she was never gone for very long. Her case was mistakenly closed in 2000, but reopened after the police realized she was still missing. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Las Vegas Metro Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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The Las Vegas Sun
October 12, 2004. September 22, 2013; Medical conditions : added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.