David Michael Burney
Burney, approximately 2007
Date reported missing : 06/29/2007
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 46 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4 - 5'7, 155 - 165 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Graying brown hair, brown/hazel eyes. Burney has numerous tattoos on his arms, a scar on his right arm and a brown birthmark on the front of his neck just under his chin. He is missing several teeth.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Burney purchased a red 1987 Toyota Tercel on June 29, 2007; he planned to drive to Georgia to meet his two daughters. He was last seen at the Jet-Pep gas station and convenience store on Highway 157 in Battleground, Alabama that day. He has never been heard from again.
In late August, the Toyota was found abandoned in Bankhead Forest off county road B15 in Winston County, Alabama. Locals reported having seen it there as early as July 7, a week after Burney's disappearance. It was out of gas and with the battery missing, but there was no blood at the scene and no indications of a struggle.
Burney's mother, sister and six children all stated he would not have left of his own accord, and they think he may have met with foul play; they stated he had enemies who could have harmed him. His case remains unsolved.
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