The Mysterious Disappearance of AJ Breaux - Unsolved Mysteries

A recovering alcoholic goes out for milk and is never seen again.

A.J. Breaux

Missing:

Gender: Male
DOB: 1/14/41
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 155 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Remarks: Last seen 8/28/1991

CASE DETAILS

A.J.’s car was found abandoned

A.J. Breaux had lived in Houma, Louisiana, his entire life, raised three daughters, and worked in the same clothing store for more than three decades.   For years, A.J. had also battled a drinking problem, which led to an arrest for drunk driving.  But A.J. seemed to have conquered his demons and had been sober for eight years.

Almost every evening, he could be found at The Easy Does It Club, a support group for people with drinking problems. According to his daughter, Melissa Tardo, A.J. prided himself on being available at any hour of the day or night to assist those in need:

Once he got involved with the program, it changed his whole life. He became even more responsible and more dependable and more trustworthy and more of a friend because he was involved with more people.”

Who were the men in the red car?

Because of A.J.’s close ties to his community, it was all the more mystifying that he would just suddenly disappear.  On August 28, 1991, at around 8:15 p.m., A.J. was seen leaving the Easy Does It Club. A half hour later, he stopped at a convenience store to buy a quart of milk.  He told the cashier that he was on his way home, where he lived with one of his daughters.  He never arrived.

Two days later, A.J.’s car was found abandoned in a park across the street from the club.
A.J.’s daughter, Melissa, assumed the worst:

“I immediately thought foul play because it just wouldn’t be like him to park his car where everybody could find it and everybody knows him, and disappear.”

But there was no sign of foul play. The only clues were A.J.’s wallet and checkbook, which were found tucked under the front seat of his car.

A note was sent to the police station

Soon, several witnesses came forward, all claiming to have seen A.J. in the days afterhe disappeared. On the same day that A.J.’s car was found, a local resident named Kenneth Pelligran says that he ran into A.J. outside of a convenience store in Houma:

“It was a strange situation for me to see him in, ‘cause he just didn’t look the same as he always did.  He was wearing a flannel shirt, something like a lumberjack style, and the pants were loose fitting, brown, very loose fitting, it wasn’t neat.  And he was wearing some old tennis shoes.  So that struck me as wrong because of all the times I’ve known him since seven years old, I’ve never seen him with his hair out of place or not dressed up neat.  A.J. was nervous.  It was like he was being watched.”

Kenneth said he also saw a red compact car parked in front of the store:

“I noticed the car and it had three guys sitting in it.  But the engine was running and he was on the phone looking towards them.  And when I came back out, A.J. was gone, the car was gone.  Had I known he had been missing, he would’ve been found then, because I knew who he was.”

Det. Troy Naquin of the Houma Police Department recounted how another witnesses saw A.J. around the same time:

“Soon after Ken Pelligran called the office, I received another call from a witness who said that he saw A.J. in a car with three other gentlemen.  It was a red small compact car on a rural route about eight miles out of town.  He waved to A.J. Breaux, but A.J. Breaux did not wave back, and that’s very uncharacteristic of A.J. not to wave back.  So he didn’t think anything of it because he didn’t know A.J. was missing.”

A.J.’s daughter, Melissa, said she believes the witnesses’ accounts:

“It makes me think that definitely somebody knows something.  If both of these gentlemen who know him from a good while back, one a lot longer than the other, have seen him, we know that they know what he looks like, and they both saw him in the same color car with three men in it. I’m pretty much convinced that somebody, somewhere knows something.”

Two weeks after those reported sightings, a chilling handwritten note came into the police station. It read:

“A.J. Breaux.  He was drunk at the time.  Self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Stomach.  Drawstring cotton sack.  Put in by friend.  Rolled over steep grassy Bayou bank.  Near dam.”

The note was signed, “Helene.”

According to Det. Naquin, the description matched a nearby area:

“We called the sheriff’s office water patrol units in and they dredge both sides of the dam on three different occasions, but weren’t able to find anything.”

A witness positively identified A.J.

Four weeks after A.J. disappeared, a woman named Christy Boudreaux was sitting on the front porch of her house in Lockport, Louisiana.  She says she was approached by what she assumed was a homeless man:

“I saw a van pass up and down the street, two times, I forget. Whoever was in the van was evidently lost.  Then I saw him reach over the driver’s seat into the middle of the van and he picked up a bag. I didn’t know what was in it ‘til he got to my porch and as he walked to me, he looked really nervous and he was shaking. He wanted to know if I wanted to buy some frozen fish.  And I told him no, and I smelled alcohol on his breath, and he looked homeless, kind of straggly. And as he got, I’d say 10 feet form me, he turned around and glanced at me. And that’s when it hit me that I saw that man on a missing person flyer in the post office.”

Christy identified photographs of A.J. at the police station:

“I was almost certain that that was the man that had approached me while I was on my porch.  And that’s what I told the detective, that I was 99.9% sure that that was Mr. Breaux.”

Det. Naquin thinks A.J. may have been suffering from memory loss:

“A.J. Breaux is a recovering alcoholic, and if he did start drinking again, there’s all sorts of things that could’ve happened.  He could’ve had a blackout and not remember who he is.”

A.J.’s family has refused to believe that he has turned to alcohol once again or that he disappeared by choice.  Because A.J.’s wallet and checkbook were found in his car, his daughter is convinced he was abducted:

“When I think back to the fact that his car was found in the park, I’m wondering if he may have seen something or heard something that he wasn’t supposed to see or hear.”

Det. Troy Naquin now thinks the handwritten note about A.J. shooting himself was a prank:

“A.J. Breaux at this time still listed as a missing person.  We have no evidence of foul play, but, of course, we have no evidence that he just got up and left either.  So we really don’t know what happened to A.J.”


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25 Comments

  1. Emily

    For those of you who supposedly have pictures of AJ, you should be telling the police! Not us. This man is very much missed by his family, and you should not be spreading rumors. Put up or shut up.

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  2. McKenzie S.

    Considering a podcast/blog on this story. I would like to shed new light on this case. My heart breaks for the family. Thoughts on this??

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  3. Shame

    I believe that woman who said he was selling fish was a liar or simply mistaken. He was killed just wonder by who.

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  4. Anonymous

    Being from Houma, this story has always fascinated me. I look in from time to time to see if there is any new information.

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  5. Anonymous

    A.J. was a kind, extraordinary, and all around generous man. My mother and father knew him very well for a number of years. I grew up with A.J. at the easy does it club. My dad was sober for a good bit longer than A.J. My father passed away 22 years clean. As for the speculation that A.J. went back to drinking on his own or just walked away is beyond ridiculous. Anyone who knew him knows that. He would NEVER had walked away from his daughters. They were the light of his life. He spoke of them so often we all felt like we knew them ourselves. A.J. was very responsible, and dependable. His routine never varied. So when his car was found abandoned at Jim Bowie Park right across from the club we all knew something criminal had happened. We just continue to pray that his daughters and family, as well as friends find out what happened and finally get some closure. I pray that one day well all be able to give him a proper burial if in fact he has passed on. I always cling to the hope he’s still alive, but the odds of that are astronomically small. We continue to pray for our friend and confidant, as well as his family.
    A.J. Breaux : Loving Father, Brother, and Extraordinary Friend …
    You are missed but NEVER forgotten…
    We hold you in our hearts and memories ALWAYS …
    God Bless you …
    Nikki

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    • Frost XT

      Hey you all won’t believe me but I think I found AJ. I took video of him. He is in Texas, I’ve seen him around a bar which makes sense since he used to be a drinker. Side note I’ve seen someone comment that he may have been homosexual well the fact of the matter is he dressed in short shorts, pink shirt nails done and pencil eyebrows with a purse.

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    • McKenzie S.

      I really want to look more into this case to bring new light to it, you seem to know the family personally. I am considering a podcast and/or blog about Mr. Breaux. Just curious what your thoughts on that are…Thanks! Email me if you’d like a response to be private.
      mjmartin0726@gmail.com

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  6. Bryan

    Any updates about AJ? Very heart breaking story

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  7. Tyler

    Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about his rumored sexuality. I am sober and in Houma. I have been talked to by one of his old friends about how AJ dealt with the changes in his life and getting sober in a place like Houma as a gay man. It’s such a sad story.

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    • Delilah berries

      Does anyone know about a Facebook page it has his name no pictures but it is still working and it says he is a police officer in Louisiana idk if anyone knows about this but the account is activated and working just wondering

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      • LouisianaGirl

        I am from the area around Houma and I can tell you that in Southern Louisiana “Breaux” is a VERY common name. It’s kind of like Smith or Jones. It’s also not uncommon for boys to go by the initial of their first and middle names. So if you searched the internet for someone named A.J. Breaux I would promise you hundreds of people would pop up from the South La. region alone. I highly doubt that the page you found is the missing father. I also doubt, that if he is alive, that he’s got a Facebook account at his age.

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    • lilia

      What does his friend think happened to him?

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  8. Lashan

    So sad I cannot imagine what his family has been going through prayers,

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  9. Heather

    How old would he be now? I’m from Des Allemands and the pics look so familiar, but I know this guy would be up in age by now.

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  10. peter

    how sad … I just came here from reading about an unsolved murder in netherlands which shook me up.

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  11. Mike Aycock

    I knew AJ as well. I’m from Covington, LA. I spent some time in Houma as I have kin folk down. And I worked offshore for awhile. O used to frequent the Easy Does It clib as I too battle alcoholism and I have now been sober for a number of years. AJ had taken me to his home 1 night when I had no place to go. He was very kind and helpful. I dont believe he took a drinl unless someone forced it on him. As for him just up and leabing, I dont believa that either. I believe something and somebody somewhere knows something. Please step forward. Miss you AJ

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  12. MIKE

    Nikki while you maybe right and I don’t know a whole lot on drug and alcohol addiction from what I’ve heard many never totally get over it.

    Plus in my opinion people with these problems are not responsible.

    If I’m remember in the broadcast he had a drinking problem for a long time and it took a DUI arrest to get him help.

    So while it’s possible that foul play was the cause of his disappearance maybe he still was never totally over it.

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  13. MIKE

    While it’s possible Mr. Breaux was kidnapped because he was troubled due to a drinking problem there’s always a possibility he wasn’t totally passed it.

    I don’t wanna pass judgement on everyone who’s ever struggled with any kind of chemical dependency I’ve often heard many people who claim to be passed it aren’t exactly passed it.

    I often wonder how some people get addicted to stuff stuff? Is it just a coincidence or do they have problems already and they end up drinking a lot as a poor way of handling things?

    Maybe he was just a man who couldn’t handle everyday life and drinking was his escape and after his treatment, he still had issues.

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  14. Regina lapeyrouse

    My husband is from Houma and this story has always been in the back of my mine since I saw it on unsolved mysteries in 2008. I would like him to be found. My heart goes out to the family and I pray that one day they have the answer. I just lost my father and I understand their loss but couldn’t imagine not knowing where my father was. The family is in my prayers. God bless the family and may they have answer soon.

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  15. Riss

    I think AJ was kidnapped by a man who he tried helping out and when that mystery man went back to drinking he sought the help of other friends who kidnapped AJ as revenge. Then they probably forced AJ back onto the bottle and AJ was so embarrassed or maybe he did lose his memory and just never returned home out of fear or loss of memory.

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Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. is the owner of this Website and retains all ownership rights to the information collected at this Website. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. reserves the right to change, modify, add, or remove provisions of this Privacy Statement. Any changes to this Privacy Statement will be posted here, and we encourage you to check back from time to time. In addition, Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. will notify registered users of changes as they occur.

We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org. Your use of the site constitutes your agreement to accept cookies, beacons and third-party advertising. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for third-party ads.

ARTICLE 1. Personalization
1.1 We may use the contact information you give us to better tailor your Website experience to your interests, and to send you information about Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. and its services as well as promotional material on behalf of some of our partners. We may use other information that you provide to us to show you content in which you may be interested and to display the content according to your preferences. We will also share this information within Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. in order to enhance your experience on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Websites.
1.2 In addition, we may share this information with advertisers or other third parties that are not part of the Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. family on an aggregate or other basis that does not disclose your identity or contact information.

ARTICLE 2. Online Surveys/Contests
2.1 From time to time, we may conduct online surveys and contests. These may ask you for contact information (like name or email address) and demographic information (like zip code or age).
2.2 We may use this contact information from our surveys and contests to provide you with information about our company and promotional material on behalf of some of our partners, and to contact you when necessary.

ARTICLE 3. Shopping/Commercial Services
3.1 This Website may offer shopping services, which may be offered by us or by a firm that operates a store under contract with us. If our Website offers shopping or other commercial services, you will use a customer order form to request information, products, and services. The order form will ask you to give us contact information (like name or email address), financial information (like account or credit card numbers), and demographic information (like zip code or age).

3.2 We will use the financial information that you provide to bill you for products and services. By giving our Website your credit card and related personal information, you are authorizing our store to give that information to the merchant and credit card company in order to confirm and fulfill your order.

3.3 We will use contact information from the order form to fulfill your orders. We may also use contact data to get in touch with you when necessary. We will not otherwise use or distribute your financial information without your prior approval.

ARTICLE 4. Public forums
4.1 This Website may make available chat rooms, blogs, forums, message boards, and news groups. Please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Information disclosed by you or by others enters the public domain and may be freely used by any other persons or entities using the site.

ARTICLE 5. Information Sharing With Third Parties
5.1 From time to time we may enter into a special relationship with another company that is not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. to provide additional features at this Website. These special relationships may include “powered by” partners, business partners, sponsors, and co-branded sites (referred to here as “co-branded pages”). These might include, for example, pages that share our name and that of another entity. You should look for a specific privacy statement on any such co-branded page. Any personal information that you provide when signing up at one of those co-branded pages may be shared with our third party partner. You should also check our partner’s website for information regarding its privacy policies.

5.2 Also, the nature of some features of our Website may require that we share personal information about you with persons or companies outside of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. For example, this may occur at a feature that enables you, via our Website, to ask questions of persons or entities that are not part of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. By responding to those features of the site, whether by email or direct entry of information on our Website, you are consenting to our transferring that information to such persons or entities.

5.3 With respect to specific registration modules, like contests, we may disclose personal information collected, and we may post a conspicuous statement on the registration module to the effect that we will be disclosing the information collected with third parties.

5.4 Finally, we may share any of the information collected from you with these other non- Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc companies in an aggregate basis. The aggregated information is not linked to any information that can identify you.

ARTICLE 6. IP Address and Log Files
6.1 We may use your IP address to administer our Website, to help diagnose problems with our server, to analyze trends, to track users’ webpage movements, to help identify you and your shopping cart, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

ARTICLE 7. Cookies
7.1 This Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Website. Cookies reside on your computer and help our Website to recognize your computer’s browser as a previous visitor. This information allows us to customize delivery of information. For example, our Website may use cookies to save and remember registration information or preferences that you may have set while browsing the Website, to keep track of your shopping cart, to ensure you don’t see the same ad content repeatedly, to deliver content specific to your interests, and to save your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. We use cookies only to gather information as indicated in this policy.

7.2 In addition, on occasion our site may also set a “session cookie” which helps us administer the Website. The session cookie expires when you close your browser and does not retain any information about you after it expires.

7.3 Finally, we may also use an ad network provider to help present advertisements on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. websites. This ad network provider, like other advertising service vendors, uses cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies on the hard drive of your computer to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, and to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, the provider collects non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the collection or use of such information.

ARTICLE 8. Banner Advertising
8.1 We have contracted with an ad-service to place banner advertising on our Website. All of the data provided and generated by the ad-server software remains in our possession. This feature of our Website may, on occasion, set “cookies” on your computer. Any information collected or stored by the ad-service or the cookies is treated in the same manner as other information described in this statement.

ARTICLE 9. Children’s Personal Information
9.1 Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

9.1.1 This site does NOT collect, use, or disclose personal information (including online contact information) of children under the age of thirteen (13).

9.1.2 In the event that a child under the age of 13 attempts to register on our site, we will NOT accept the registration and will delete information received from the child.

9.1.3 In the event that a child posts personal information in a public forum such as a chat room, we will attempt to delete that information once we become aware of it.

ARTICLE 10. Security of Your Personal Information
10.1 Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. employs reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice, for information collected through this Website. We believe that we have adequate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information we collect on our Website. We also use internal protections to limit access to users’ personal information to only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job.

ARTICLE 11. Sale or Merger
11.1 If this Website is sold to, or merges with, another company not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., you should expect that some or all of the information collected from this Website may be transferred to the buyer/surviving company. If so, CMP will seek to obligate the acquiring company to use any personal information transferred by this Website in a manner consistent with this statement, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to impose that requirement or that the acquiring company will comply.

ARTICLE 12. Legal Process
12.1 You should be aware that Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, such as in court or regulatory proceedings.

ARTICLE 13.  Contacting the Website

13.1        If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us at: unsolved@unsolved.com.

ARTICLE 14.  general information

14.1        Choice of Law:  This Agreement and the Additional Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California , as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflict of law principles.

14.2        Choice of Forum:  You agree that any cause of action you or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. brings to enforce this Agreement and/or the Additional Terms, or in connection with any matters related to this Website and/or the Privacy Statement, shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.  Each party expressly waives any right to a jury.  Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. 

14.4        If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or for any reason unenforceable then such provision shall be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that matches, as closely as possible, the original provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  The failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.  Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Agreement is the entire agreement between you and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. with respect to the use of this Website and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an authorized representative of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.

ARTICLE 15.  European Union and Other Foreign Nations

15.1        This Website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of United States of America and is intended for enjoyment of residents of the United States.  Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. makes no representation that this Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations.  By using this Website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside of the United States acknowledge this Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of personal data to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws.