Burgess, approximate photo date 1994
Missing since: 04/22/1994
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 12/09/1916 (103)
Age at time of disappearance: 77 years old
Height / Weight: 5'11, 150 pounds
Description, clothing, tattoos, other identifying markings: A blue shirt and dark-colored pants.
Medical Conditions Burgess was in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease at the time of his disappearance. He was not taking any medication, however.
Other characteristics: African-American male. White hair, brown eyes. Burgess is bald. He has a scar on his left cheek.
Details at time of disappearance: Burgess was last seen at his residence in the 3600 block of Shelly Court in Cocoa, Florida at 11:00 a.m. on April 22, 1994. Due to his Alzheimer's Disease, he had a history of wandering away from home and forgetting how to get back police and neighbors had picked him up several times. He was never seen or heard from again.
Another elderly person in Cocoa, Mary Zedalis, disappeared in the same month as Burgess and was never found in spite of an extensive search. Investigators don't have any reason to believe the cases were related, however. Both disappearances remain unsolved and police believe both Burgess and Zedalis died shortly after they went missing.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Cocoa Police Department
Other information: Cocoa Police Department
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
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Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated March 17, 2018 clothing/jewelry description added, distinguishing characteristics and medical conditions updated.