Missing girl's sister: Bundy DNA match could bring closure

Missing girl's sister: Bundy DNA match could bring closure »Play Video
Ann Marie Burr
TACOMA, Wash. -- A vial of serial killer Ted Bundy's blood has been found in Florida and investigators will use the newly discovered evidence to try to solve cases that went cold decades ago. And for the sister of a 6-year-old who vanished in 1961, a match to Bundy could finally bring their family some closure.

"I think we spent most of our weekends going out looking for her," said Julie Burr.

The search for her sister, Ann Marie Burr, still haunts her 50 years later.

"I was awakened early in the morning with men shining flashlights in my face," she said. "They were the police, seeing my parents running through the kitchen opening drawers and looking under beds looking for my sister -- I remember that it was like it happened yesterday."

Days from starting third grade, Ann Burr vanished from her Tacoma bedroom. Her body was never found.

A young Ted Bundy lived nearby.

Detectives and true crime writer Ann Rule have long speculated that serial killer Bundy was connected to Burr.

"I've always thought that Ted killed Ann Marie," Rule said.

But Julie Burr wasn't so sure.

"I haven't always thought it's Ted Bundy," she said. "There's several suspects."

Burr's mom wrote to Bundy on death row asking for a confession.

"I think my mother and father received more than one letter from him but he in those letters always denied it," Julie Burr said.

Before he was executed in 1989, Bundy confessed to more than 30 murders and was suspected of many more. A complete DNA profile couldn't be developed for the serial killer until the blood was found.

The full profile will be uploaded to the FBI's national database Friday, giving authorities key evidence to possibly link Bundy to long-unsolved crimes.

The vial was discovered after Florida authorities received a call from a Tacoma detective working Burr's case.

"Even if this DNA doesn't show anything, will he still be a suspect?" Julie Burr said. "Probably, because it wouldn't conclude that he didn't do it."

Burr says a match would help her family move on.

"Because if not, we're right back where we were," she said.

No body, no killer, no closure.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.