It was a very sad and stressful Christmas for the family of one woman who was a part of the Disney College Program. On December 25, the family of Marisia Burton shared that the young woman was missing. Her family said they had not heard from the 19-year-old since December 22. She had not contacted them over the holidays, which was very unusual for Burton. They also said that all of Burton’s social media had been deleted and that her bank accounts, which had about $4,000 in them, were wiped clean. Burton had been living at Flamingo Crossing — the housing development for DCP interns.
News of Marisia’s disappearance — as well as a plea for help — was shared on Instagram by her older sister.
PLEASE YALL this is my LITTLE SISTER ?‼️I NEED THE HELP OF THE FLOW COMMUNITY
Our beautiful Marisia is missing
Family along with Orange County Sheriffs are concerned about the welfare and whereabouts of Marisia
Burton. Marisia is described as 5’6 weighing roughly 130 lbs, with brown eyes and black hair. Family and friends of Marisia have not seen nor heard from her since Thursday, December 22nd 2022.
Marisia originally a Houston, Texas resident has been living in Orlando, Florida (Winter Garden) as part of THE
DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM since January of 2022. She was last seen at Flamingo Crossings East, an apartment community affiliated with the Disney program on Thursday, December 22nd, 2022.
Losing contact with family, friends and loved ones, particularly during the holiday season is uncharacteristic
of her and very much concerning for our family.
Police will also ask Marisia if she sees this appeal to contact officers directly to let them know she is safe and
well. We love you Marisia and won’t stop our efforts until we know you are safe and not in
Any information helpful to the case, please call the Orange County Sheriff department.
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We are now learning that Marisia Burton has been found safe, far from Orlando. Burton was found in Houston, Texas. Furthermore, she said that she was never missing and asked to be removed from the Missing Persons database. That update was shared by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on January 3.
UPDATE: #MarisiaBurton, who was reported missing on 12/25 in Orange County, spoke in person to Houston Police on Jan 2. Told them she is not missing, is safe & wants to be taken out of the missing persons database. We still have no reason to suspect foul play in this case.
UPDATE: #MarisiaBurton, who was reported missing on 12/25 in Orange County, spoke in person to Houston Police on Jan 2. Told them she is not missing, is safe & wants to be taken out of the missing persons database. We still have no reason to suspect foul play in this case. pic.twitter.com/gP6g036nUU— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) January 3, 2023
Shortly after Marisia was found safe, a video was shared that provided an update from the Houston police. The officer said that Burton was speaking with officers, as well as a Human Trafficking advocate.
There had been reports that Burton may have been a victim of human trafficking, but those have not been confirmed. Police are still trying to figure out exactly what happened to the young woman and why she left the Disney College Program and her life near Walt Disney World Resort.