Meanwhile, police are interviewing a woman who went missing at the same time and was found alive Thursday evening on a back road near Conifer, not far from the St. Lawrence County town of Piercefield.
Police say they'll provide more information on Burns as it emerges.
23-year-old Angela Roberts of Tupper Lake was found at about 6:30 Thursday night. She had her dog with her when police located her.
Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lt. Brent Davison says Roberts had suffered cuts and scratches from being in the woods and was transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for treatment of minor injuries.
Davison says Roberts has not told police anything that leads them to believe she was kidnapped. He did confirm that Roberts and Burns know each other.
Investigators said Friday morning that Burns is considered a suspect in an investigation into the burglary of a white 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and a handgun from a home in the village of Tupper Lake. But Davison insisted that police are not jumping to any conclusions.
Rumors have also been circulating that police busted a meth lab, but Davison says that's – quote – “an absolutely false rumor.”
Police also say there's no reason to believe this investigation is connected to the search for 18-year-old Colin Gillis of Tupper Lake, who went missing March 11.