I've narrowed the problem down to content that is within an <iframe> (since when i removed the <iframe> code from the WP page the footer appears)
however i am having one hell of a time diagnosing the issue. I have another page using an iframe that is pulling content from a different (but very similar) page which does not have the same problem, so i have something to compare it to. However i can't see any difference in the code of the two pages at all. i've gone through them both line for line.
here are the two:
good page (no problem with footer)
bad page (something here that is breaking the footer in WP)
i even looked at the page in firebug and did not see any error
here is the page where the footer is missing: