Burlington man believed killed in 1987 never found, family still searches


On December 1, 1986, four young Burlington men broke into the Auctioneer’s Inn at 4614 Sheard Road in Dover. During an investigation, Racine County sheriff’s deputies learned the names of suspects. One of those people was Christopher Winkler who was 19 at the time. The charges were dropped again Chris 4 months later, others did serve time for the burglary. According to his family he would not have just left as he was very close to his family at the time of his disappearance and would return for dinner every night. A month and a half later, his mother reported him missing. He was last seen the night of Feb. 16, 1987.

According to media reports “Somebody has killed him, I just know that,” his mother, Jean Winkler, said at the time. To this day, sheriff’s investigators have the same hunch. “We believe he was killed,” sheriff’s Lt. James P. Ivanoski said recently. “But all we have is a missing-persons report. We have no evidence whatsoever.”

The family laid him to rest. His funeral services were held at St. Charles Catholic Church in Burlington on Friday, February 13, 1998.

If anyone has any information relating to the disappearance and death of Christopher Winkler, you are asked to please contact The Racine County Sheriff’s Office.