Mountain Cold Case - Maudie May Burton - 1941

By: Steve Hensley Email
By: Steve Hensley Email

A Lawrence County family is still searching for a young mother of six who vanished in 1941.

It's a case that's seen many twists and turns in 67 years.

Maudie May Burton lived in Louisa when the streets looked something like this painting.

In March of 1941, she was in jail on child desertion charges but was released after being found not guilty. That’s when she disappeared.

“March 31 would be the last time we have any physical evidence she was here, or she was even alive,” says Mark Burton, Maudie’s grandson.

Maudie's grandson Mark promised his father when he died in 1994 that he would keep looking for his grandmother who would now be 95 years old.

“We've got to believe that she's dead because we've been told too many times to dig here, dig there, ‘we know where your mother's at’, ‘she's buried here’,” says Burton.

Some claim Maudie was killed and buried in an old corn field in Lawrence County.

Family members even dug up a site once where they thought she might be only to find animal bones.

“We don't care if she was the worst person in the world or whatever. We don't care. We want to know where she's at. We want to know what happened to her, and we're not interested in prosecuting anybody. We'd do anything to have a picture of her, and I know someone out there has a picture of her,” says Burton.

Family members say their search has included trips to at least two states trying to track down leads.

One of the most interesting was from a woman in Washington state who wrote the family letters saying she WAS Maudie Burton!

This is what she looks like, but Mark's father did not think this woman was his mother.

“She was alive as of last year. I haven't been able to get in contact with her. I know Dad when he went out there, and he talked to the kids that was with her. They weren't for sure if this woman was who she said she was,” says Burton.

Only one of Maudie's children is still alive, and he's now 73.

Even though decades have passed, Mark Burton is convinced someone - even other family members - know what happened to Maudie.

“Somebody knows, I know in my heart, somebody knows,” says Burton.

If you have any information about Maudie Burton, Mark Burton would like to hear from you. Here is his contact information:

411 West Sycamore St.
Louisa, KY


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  • by family's best interest Location: u.s.a. on Aug 18, 2010 at 12:59 PM
    It seems to me people say leave it up to god when they don't understand dna could determine right away if this woman is who she says she is. I suggest finding this woman who claimed to be Maudie and do dna, because if she is Maudie the family is being forever haunted by a myth of murder.
  • by bobby Location: Sidney, Ky. on Sep 21, 2008 at 09:15 PM
    Seems like it's left up to God , For her & the one that done something to her, God Bless & Keep The Family Always
  • by me Location: frenchburg on Jul 21, 2008 at 05:11 AM
    If he got a letter from this lady saying she was maudie burton and his father went out to check her out why don't you have a dna test run? Seems there is one child still living can't DNA be compared between him and the woman that claimed to be Maudie. That would put that to rest. It would either show she isn't or they will have found the long lost mother/grandmother.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2008 at 08:02 PM
    That is really sad. I hope he finds out what happened to her.


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