Massachusetts law enforcement officials have released new sketches they hope could identify the person behind the 1982 disappearance of an 18-year-old woman in Berkshire County.
Lynn Burdick went missing on April 17 sometime between 8 and 8:45 p.m. while she was working alone at the Barefoot Peddler's Country Store on Route 2 in Florida, a small town of about 700 people on that borders Vermont.
The Berkshire District Attorney's Office, alongside Massachusetts State Police, are still investigating the case four decades later.
Officials noted in a news release that Burdick's disappearance is being looked into with a focus on a separate abduction 45 minutes earlier, 13 miles away in Williamstown. The sketches show the suspect in that abduction attempt.
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The Berkshire District Attorney's Office worked with a forensic artist with the Lincoln Police Department to come up with the new sketches, which are based on recent case interviews, the news release said.
Law enforcement officials say evidence suggests the suspect is around 70 years old now. They also believe he may have ties to Vermont. The new sketches show what he looked like 40 years ago, and what he may look like today.
"I thank the witnesses and the entire Burdick family for their strength and dedication while continuing to work with investigators assigned to Lynn’s case," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said in the release. "My office, the Berkshire State Police Detective Unit, and the Massachusetts State Police Unresolved Case Unit remain steadfast in following up on every lead and bringing advanced resources to unresolved homicides."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Berkshire State Police Detective Unit at 413-499-1112 or email the Massachusetts State Police Unresolved Case Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.