Several woman missing from Longview; is there a connection with Joseph Wayne Burnette?

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Missing Person Texas Kayla Monk and Brandi Wells

August 27, 2018 – Police released a statement that said that on August 21, Joseph Wayne Burnette confessed to Feliscia Pearson’s murder. Burnette also confessed to the murder of Lavender Doe.

Original Story

Joseph Wayne Burnette, 41, has been arrested a few days after authorities asked for the public’s help to find him.  The search for him was on the tail of the discovery of a body in the woods off Birdsong Street in Longview.  The body was later identified as Felishia Pearson, 28.

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felishia pearson

Authorities have not stated that Burnette is a suspect in Felicia’s death, but Burnette was a suspect in a October 2006 unsolved murder of a deceased woman who was found by two men target shooting on an oil lease off Fritz Swanson Road north of Texas 31. The body had been so badly burned that an identification could not be made. The Jane Doe is also know as Lavender Doe. She may have been named Ashley.

Joseph Wayne Burnette

He also is a suspect in the August 2006 disappearance of Brandi Wells from Longview, Texas.  Wells told her mom she was going to a club.  She was seen leaving Graham Central Station in Longview. Just a few hours later, her car was found alongside Interstate 20.  A man in a white cowboy hat was seen on video near Brandi at the club. The man in the hat was spoken with by police, but his name has not been officially released. Social media has been pointing to Burnette as that person.

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brandi wells

Then a few hours ago, the Longview Police Department released a statement that they were looking for Kayla Monk who is missing.  There is not much information yet on where she was last seen, etc.

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kayla monk


On April 18, 2018, the remains of missing Rachel Rhoads, 24, who lived in Longview was found in a field on FM 726 near Hwy 154, in Upshur County near Gilmore. Rhoads was reported missing on March 3, 2018.  Two people were indicted for her murder.

Past Cases

Norma Mae Martinez-Cooper was murdered in 2006 –  She was last seen alive around 11pm, April 19, at the Tex-Ann motel on Marshall Avenue. Three and a half hours later her badly beaten body was found near the interstate of north access and Eastman road.

The Doe Network has Janet Stroup as a victim who was located on July 10, 1998 in Longview, Gregg County, Texas. She was positively identified in March 2006 as Janet Stroup missing from Longview, Texas.  Because of the decomposition of the body no case of death was determined.

If you have any information about the location of this person or any information to help with the investigation please contact the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office at 903-236-8400 or the Longview Police Department at 903-237-1170.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America and Missing Texas Forty.

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