Missing Mother – Sarah Burton



Mother of two goes missing in America’s heartland, and the police still have no answers. What happened to Sarah Burton after visiting the Payless shoe store with a friend? Why did said friend stop by Sarah’s mother’s house to drop off Sarah’s purse and a shoe a short time later?

On July 16, 2018, Sarah Burton was dropped off near 10th Street and Rex Avenue. She never returned home from this trip leaving her two small boys behind. Sarah’s parents and grandparents are looking after 3-year-old Xander and 8-month-old Zane while police search for the young mom. Although Sarah had a troubled past, family members are adamant that she would not have left her boys.

Burton was battling an addiction to drugs at the time of her disappearance. It has been reported that this former high school cheerleader had been a victim of a violent crime and began using drugs as a way to cope. Whatever the reason, 2018 found a determined young mother battling her demons and struggling to make a better life for her sons. Burton was seeking long term drug treatments, attending all of her court dates and working with an attorney to help with her legal issues. She had held a job for a year, but somehow trouble with her sons’ father caused her to lose this position. I would love to have more information on this incident, but there isn’t much available online.

Sarah stayed at the Lafayette House in September and October of 2017. The Lafayette House is a sanctuary for domestic violence victims, sexual abuse victims, and for those recovering from substance abuse. It seemed Sarah was finally getting her life together, but strangely when things appeared to be going well, she vanished without leaving a trace. The Joplin Police Department has constantly chased leads and conducted two searches over the 2018 holiday season trying to find the missing woman. Captain Trevor Duncan graciously answered my questions for this post. He states the case is active and ongoing and hasn’t grown cold. Joplin investigators followed lead #66 last Friday and were working on #67 yesterday. These leads have included several surrounding counties and the states of Oklahoma and Kansas. Joplin P.D. is actively searching for answers for the Burton family.

If you have any information, please contact the Joplin Police Department at (417) 623-3131

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7 thoughts on “Missing Mother – Sarah Burton

  1. This makes me so sick!!! The comments are so ridilious! I’m her MOTHER,HER BEST FRIEND,THE ONE WHO LOVED HER MORE THAN MYSELF!! I have never changed my story!! Facts are facts! Selling my daughters things? She had a storage unit full. WTF? SPECIAL THINGS: NO!!! ARE YOU STUPID? This is my daughter. My heart had been ripped away. I will never be the same. Don’t ever Past judgement on me. You have no IDEA WHAT I’M GOING THROUGH!!!


  2. No she didn’t have a key to the house. According to Sarah’s mom she was there watching sarahs son for her mom while she went to the store. She claimed she got home from the store and saw the friend loading some of Sarah’s clothes in her ride. But this is coming from the same mom who has been selling Sarah’s stuff on facebook.


    1. You don’t have a clue. Don’t talk about serious things if you don’t know the facts! That’s called DRAMA! THIS IS A PERSON!!! MY DAUGHTER.


  3. It might help on finding answers to finding Sarah if her mom would stop lying about the last time she seen and talked to her. On Facebook she claims she hadn’t seen or talked to her in about a week prior to reporting her missing. Then in the latest news interview she claims different. That’s not the only incident that she has told different stories.


  4. And that same friend that dropped Sarah’s purse off to her mom is the same friend that ended up with the key to her moms house and began stealing all of Sarah’s stuff after she “disappeared” and is the same friend who was with her before she “disappeared” why is she not a suspect?


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