Is the disappearance of Jeramy Carl Burt tied to Jeannie Braun (or Jeannie El-Bakri)?
Here are the basics on his case: he disappeared on February 11, 2007 (over seven years ago now); after he disappeared, his ex-wife (who he had been living with in a common-law-type situation) got text messages about him running away to start a new life. At the time, though, he had a young daughter and it was uncharacteristic of him to leave her (often a sign in these cases). Three months later, his car was found burned out in a remote area of desert near the Nevada-Utah border. Disappeared did an episode on this case, and it’s been notable in Idaho for several years. Here’s a deeper dive:
His mother, Sheryl Burt, a school bus driver in American Falls, believes her son was the victim of an act of revenge waged by his divorce attorney, Jeannie Braun, aka Jeannie El-Bakri, and Jeannie Hughe, of Boise.
Jeramy secretly taped Braun in conversations regarding illegal activity that she was involved in, and he testified against her in front of a grand jury.
“A restraining order was issued against (Braun), but she ignored it,” Sheryl said. “She tried to bribe Jeramy not to testify — he recorded all of it.”
Braun pleaded guilty to forging a judge’s signature on documents in a custody case, influencing a witness and issuing a check without funds and was subsequently disbarred in the state of Idaho.
She was sentenced to one year in the Ada County Jail and 14 years on probation, but Braun was released from probation last year. She now resides in Utah.
Ah, yes. Jeannie Braun. Also a focus of the Disappeared episode. Here’s more context on her, including this article about her being disbarred in Idaho. You can see more about her getting disbarred here (it involved forgery and fraud issues). It appears that Braun is now named Jeannie Hughes and lives in St. George, Utah (that data may not be 100 percent accurate). She seems like the top suspect, although admittedly, she hasn’t been charged with anything — and just because you’re a lawyer who got disbarred doesn’t make you a murderer, so bear that in mind. Her polygraph results (she took 2-3) have not been released, but there is a bit of context here: it’s unclear if Braun and Burt were involved at the exact time of his disappearance (it’s unlikely, since he was living with his ex-wife), but his dad did note that he showered and put on a nice shirt and pants before leaving the house on the night of his disappearance. He was apparently going to talk to a friend about a new hunting bow; that doesn’t necessarily seem like the type of thing you need to get showered and re-dressed for, but again, I could be wrong.
Marki Davis, a private investigator out of Utah, is working with the Burt family on this case.
Some of the theories on this thread need to be taken with a grain of salt, but there’s an interesting timeline aspect down near the bottom: Jeramy Carl Burt went missing on February 11, 2007; his cell phone had activity for an entire week after that (quick calls, hang-ups, and the texts to his ex-wife). I’m not sure how they haven’t triangulated where the phone was then — or maybe they did and it led them nowhere — but it appears the only lengthy call (6-7 minutes) was from the cell to a payphone in Mountain Home, Idaho. Interestingly, Mountain Home is the same town where a debit transaction was made on his card about 90 minutes after he left his own house back on February 11.
In terms of those theories that need to be taken with a grain of salt, here’s one:
It sounds like the text messages were not from him but from is murderer. They were intended to throw her off and make her think maybe he stole her car and left voluntarily. Their relationship was not close, and this would seem plausible given his past behavior. It might have been smarter not to send them, but the murderer was not that smart. It makes no sense why the murderer would answer the voice call.
The attorney may have been involved, but there may have been other criminal activity of some sort going on.
One key is finding out why he turned in the attorney and why he continued to see her after that. Maybe they were just stupid, but if there was any reason for that behavior it might shed light one what happened to him.
And here’s another:
But think of this. The second his wife is out of town he’s dressed up like he went to see someone else and cheat on her again. I’m thinking his wife knew for a while and this was the last time. Very convenient that she is out of town when he disappears while he possibly goes to cheat on her yet again. Watching her interview she seems very much like she’s doing a bit of acting while she talks. She may have been someone who didn’t like his buddy too and had those texts sent to him. And had the killer send texts to her too. Those were things she would have known only he would say too.
And here’s the map context. To get from the 2200 block of Hervey in Boise (where Burt was last seen) to Mountain Home, ID takes about 40 minutes:
That whole run immediately abuts a National Conservation space that’s likely pretty empty.
So it’s been seven years since the Burt disappearance; it does seem likely that he’s deceased, as his mother has indicated in some interviews. The whole thing with the texting and Mountain Home and the burned-out car in the desert is all quite sketchy; it definitely seems more like a foul play situation than anything else. Jeannie Braun (or whatever her current name is) certainly seems like a reasonable assumption, but if they continued to have a relationship after he helped send her to jail, there might have been a deeper connection there, and that could preclude murder. I doubt Jeramy Carl Burt just ran away, but again, it can’t be discounted either. If you happen to stumble across this post and know anything, report it to the Boise Police Department.