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Assumed Deceased: Adam John "AJ" Breaux - LA - 8/28/1991

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Endangered Missing Adult

If you believe you have any information regarding this case that will be helpful in this investigation please contact:

Houma Police Department at (985) 873-6371

Name: Adam John Breaux

Classification: Endangered Missing Adult

Alias / Nickname: A.J.

Date of Birth: 1941-01-14

Date Missing: 1991-08-28

From City/State: Houma, LA

Missing From (Country): USA

Age at Time of Disappearance: 50

Gender: Male

Race: White

Height: 71 inches

Weight: 150 pounds

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Brown

Complexion: Light

Glasses/Contacts Description: Glasses with square gold frames (wears occasionally).

Identifying Characteristics: Small light birthmark on knee, scar on left eyebrow.

Clothing: White long sleeved shirt, tie, slacks.

Jewelry: Gold watch.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Adam was last seen after 10:00pm in the vicinity of the 120 block of Bernard St. in Houma, LA. His silver, four door, 1988 Ford Tempo was later located abandoned across the street from where he was last seen. Adam's wallet and checkbook were found locked inside the vehicle.

Investigative Agency: Houma Police Department

Phone: (985) 873-6371

Investigative Case #: 08-2023-91

NCIC #: M-513376645

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A.J. Breaux - A Loving, People Person:

Our father, Adam John, "A.J." Breaux was a very lively, energetic 50 year old man when he disappeared. He has the best personality and rarely slows down. He is the happiest, most pleasant person to be around. He loves to help people.

Our father worked at the same clothing store since he graduated from high school. He loves to be around people. He would even stand outside the clothing store and wave to people as they passed by.

A.J. is a proud father of three daughters. At the time of his disappearance, he had one granddaughter who was a year old and he even made a baby nursery for her at his house.

Everything was taken away from him & us on August 28, 1991. All of our lives changed on this tragic day 13 years ago. He now has 7 grandchildren. We are so saddened by this loss, yet we try to remember all he accomplished and achieved before his disappearance.

Our father was a member of the Evergreen Lions Club, which is an organization dedicated to helping those in need. He was a recovered alcoholic for about 8 years at the time of his disappearance and a very active member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) spending a lot of his time there.

Our father enjoys cooking, eating, gardening, and being with his family and friends. His favorite sayings are:

1) Easy does it.

2) Take one day at a time.

3) God doesn't give you more than you can handle.

We are so saddened by his disappearance & would like him to be remembered in caring and loving ways. A.J. would give the shirt off of his back to a stranger in need. We wish our husbands & children could have met such a wonderful man. We miss all the special cards he used to write to us.

We LOVE you DAD & will never stop looking for you & answers as to what happened to you.

Missed by your 3 daughters

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Adam John Breaux 

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: August 28, 1991 from Houma, Louisiana

Classification: Endangered Missing

Date Of Birth: January 14, 1941

Age: 50 years old

Height and Weight: 5'11, 150 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Breaux's nickname is A. J. He has a small light-colored birthmark on his knee and a scar on his left eyebrow. He occasionally wears eyeglasses with square-shaped gold frames.

Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white long-sleeved shirt, a tie, slacks and a gold watch.

Medical Conditions: Breaux is a recovering alcoholic; he had been sober for eight years prior to his disappearance. width=400 height=3[/img]

Details of Disappearance

Breaux was last seen after 10:00 p.m. on August 28, 1991, in the vicinity of the 100 block of Bernard Street in Houma, Louisiana. His silver four-door 1988 Ford Tempo was found abandoned two days later, parked across the street from where he was last seen. His wallet and checkbook were locked inside the vehicle, and its keys were missing. The vehicle was low on fuel, although Breaux had purchased $10 worth of gasoline just hours before he vanished. He has never been heard from again.

Breaux was employed as a salesman at a clothing store at the time of his disappearance; he had worked there for over thirty years. His family had him declared legally dead in August 1998, but his case remains unsolved.

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Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Houma Police Department


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Source Information

The National Center For Missing Adults

The Baton Rouge Advocate

The Times-Picayune

The Doe Network

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After 13 years family still searching for missing father

08:56 AM CDT on Monday, August 30, 2004

Seth Fox / Houma Courier

HOUMA -- Officially, Adam John "A.J." Breaux died six years ago, the day a judge declared him legally dead.

But the truth of the matter is that no one is quite sure what happened to the friendly clothing salesman who disappeared into thin air 13 years ago this weekend.

Breaux’s three grown daughters continue to hold out hope that one day they will find out what happened to the father they adored.

But police, who have searched for Breaux for more than a decade, say it’s unlikely he’ll ever be found.


Breaux, a salesman who had worked at Earl Williams Clothing Store for 36 years, was well known around town from his retail experience as well as his involvement with local organizations. That included the Houma native’s membership in a local Alcoholic Anonymous chapter.

Breaux, 50 at the time of his disappearance, had been sober for eight years, his daughters said, and was intent on helping others conquer alcohol as he had.

The AA group met then, as it does now, at the Easy Does It Club, a building on Bernard Street near the south Houma fire station and the Southern Oaks Country Club.

Breaux was at the club the night before his daughters reported him missing, police later learned, and helped clean up after the meeting.

A Houma Police detective interviewed AA members who had been at the club the night of Aug. 27, 1991, and learned that Breaux had been one of the last to leave.

The written police report says Breaux put out the garbage, got in his car and drove away.

About 10 p.m., the report states, Breaux went to a Barrow Street convenience store and bought a gallon of milk.

The clerk later told investigators that she remembered the transaction because Breaux, who she said had also been there earlier that day to purchase $10 worth of gas, complained about how much the milk cost.

The next morning, after he failed to return home, Breaux’s daughters reported him missing.

Police found his car within hours.

But they never found Breaux and say they likely never will.


"The assumption would be, of course, that he’s no longer alive," said Houma Police Chief Pat Boudreaux. "There’s been sightings, but none of them have ever panned out."

There are no hard and fast numbers on how many adults are reported missing throughout the state in a given year.

Boudreaux said that in Louisiana, unlike other states, there is no clearinghouse that collects statistics on missing or endangered adults.

The police chief said, however, it’s not unusual for even a relatively small department like Houma’s to receive missing-persons reports.

"But most missing-persons reports are not credible in nature," Boudreaux said.

"With kids it’s usually that they’ve run away. With adults, it’s typically an issue of infidelity where they don’t come home one night and the next day they show up," he said. "Every once in a while someone actually takes off."

But it is unusual, Boudreaux said, when someone is missing for as long as police have been searching for Breaux.

"It’s not very often when a person ends up being a true missing person," he said. "When you have one that been gone this long …"


The thought that the police chief left unsaid is one that Breaux’s daughters have struggled with themselves, even though they continue to hold out hope that Breaux is OK and will one day return.

One of the most difficult things, say 39-year-old Melissa Tardo, 36-year-old Tania Guidry and 34-year-old Monica Larpenter, is not knowing what happened.

"It’s not any easier," Larpenter said of 13 years’ worth of birthdays, holidays and family get-togethers celebrated without Breaux. "He’s not there."

Guidry said, "We just miss him being around."

The Breaux daughters have also had to struggle with how to explain to their own children why their grandfather isn’t here to share their lives.

Of Breaux’s seven grandchildren, only 14-year-old Kadie Tardo is old enough to have met her grandfather.

Melissa Tardo said Kadie, almost 2 when Breaux disappeared, doesn’t really remember the man who doted on her when she was a baby.

And the remaining grandchildren only know what their mothers have shared with them.

"That’s the hardest part," Larpenter said of deciding how much the children are old enough to handle. "I say he’s in heaven. How do you tell a 5-year-old that your grandpa’s missing?"

Guidry said it’s especially hard to answer questions about something they are unsure about themselves.

"What do you tell them," Guidry asked. "We don’t even understand."


Police say they are as puzzled as the Breaux family as to what happened.

The police file on Breaux’s disappearance is 3 inches thick and includes evidence that investigators left no stone unturned in their search.

"They checked a lot of places, knocked on a lot of doors and talked to a lot of people," Detective Kyle Faulk said. "That includes checking out a lot of false sightings over the years."

A search through the investigative reports reveals scant clues as to what happened to Breaux.

His car, a silver, four-door 1988 Ford Tempo, was found in the early afternoon of Aug. 28, 1991, at Jim Bowie Park, a tree-filled wedge of land adjacent to Bayou Black and less than a quarter of a mile from the Easy Does It Club.

The car was locked, according to the police report. His wallet, which had no money in it, was found under the driver’s seat. Police found two checkbooks -- one for Breaux’s personal account and another for AA group he helped run -- in the trunk. There was also a brown bank bag with $165 worth of AA-group money that police say Breaux managed as the club secretary.

"There was no signs of a struggle or anything," Faulk said.

But it was also raining the day the car was found, the report says. The rain was coming down so hard that police couldn’t see through the windows and had to tow the vehicle to a dry spot at police headquarters before they could search it.

Police say they discovered two interesting things about the car, however.

The car’s fuel gauge showed that the tank held very little gasoline, considering the convenience store clerk’s claim that Breaux had bought $10 worth of gas in the hours before he was last seen.

The milk he purchased and which he told the clerk he was taking home that night wasn’t in the car. And, his daughters said, it wasn’t in the refrigerator either.

"It appears that he didn’t go home after buying the milk," Faulk said.

Police followed up every lead they could think of in the days and months after Breaux’s disappearance.

They checked local motels and lounges and conducted jailhouse interviews, once traveling all the way to the Avoyelles Parish jail. They even tried hypnotizing a witness and listened to a psychic’s account of Breaux being held against his will at an undisclosed camp near a body of water.

"We checked everywhere and talked to lots of people, but none of them knew where A.J. was," Faulk said. "It’s a real bleak case."


Police aren’t the only ones pulling out all the stops in the years-long search for Breaux. His daughters arranged to have his disappearance featured on a 2002 episode of the television show Unsolved Mysteries, posted fliers all over town and offered a $1,000 reward for information.

On Aug. 12, 1998, however, the Breaux daughters requested a judge to officially declare Breaux dead.

It was a decision that didn’t come easy, the women said, but it was one that was necessary in order to handle certain parts of Breaux’s finances.

Today, what happened to A.J. Breaux is still an unsolved mystery -- one that has his daughters looking for answers and looking at life differently than they once did.

Although tips about Breaux’s whereabouts are few and far between these days, his daughters gain solace in the fact that the community continues to stand behind them, just like they did from the very first day Breaux disappeared.

"The community helped tremendously in the beginning," Guidry said. "The community is still very receptive."

The support comes in various forms. It can be as obvious as the faded fliers that have been displayed in two downtown businesses -- Quality Office Supply and the now-closed Dupont’s -- for all these years. Or, it can come in the form of an acquaintance asking one of the women about Breaux at the grocery store.

"As least it’s still out there that they’re thinking of him," Larpenter said.


Breaux’s daughters haven’t given up hope that he will be found, but they are also realistic.

The women say they think their father, who would never hesitate to lend a hand to someone in need, made the mistake of helping the wrong person that night.

"I feel like he did not choose to disappear," Tardo said. "I think he went with someone he knew at least vaguely. Then he was set up."

"He could have barely known somebody and he would’ve gone with them," Guidry added.

Because so little is known about what happened, the possibility that Breaux chose to disappear cannot be completely eliminated. His daughters, however, say that Breaux was too close to his family to walk away without some type of goodbye.

"I can’t imagine him wanting to disappear," Tardo said. "I truly believe he was so attached, especially to my daughter. He would’ve had a get-together to see her one last time."

Breaux’s family has placed information about him on the Web site with the hope that, as long as information about his disappearance is made available, that there is a chance someone will come forward with the truth.

"One person can make a difference," Larpenter said. "It has to be weighing on somebody’s conscience somewhere."

As the days pass, the chances that Breaux will be found alive grow even slimmer. But his daughters continue the search.

"There’s always hope," Tardo said. "We will not and we refuse to give up hope."

If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of A.J. Breaux, contact Houma Police Department at 985-873-6371.

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Missing man to be honored


By Jordan Gribble

Staff Writer

Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:28 p.m.

Last Modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:28 p.m.


The family of a man who has been missing for 22 years will hold a celebration in his honor this weekend.


It will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Jim Bowie Park, 940 Bayou Black Drive, Houma, the site where his car was found.


A.J. Breaux, then 50, a salesman at the Earl Williams men’s clothing store in downtown Houma, vanished Aug. 28, 1991. Breaux’s body was never recovered, and no one was arrested in connection with his disappearance.


The event’s organizers, Breaux’s three daughters, say the aim is to celebrate his life and remind the public their father remains missing.

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Daughters cling to hope for father missing 22 years

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Jacob Batte / Houma Courier


Mother Teresa once said, "God doesn't require us to succeed, he only requires that you try."


The quote was a favorite for Adam John Breaux who has been missing for more than 22 years.


One may think Breaux would be proud of his daughters, who have followed those words and never stopped looking for their beloved father even as the search has stretched past two decades.


On Saturday, nearly 100 of Breaux's family members and friends celebrated his life at Jim Bowie Park on Black Drive in Houma, where his car was found the night he became missing.


Breaux's oldest daughter, 48-year-old Melissa Tardo, said the event was also another opportunity to receive some closure.


"Twenty-two years have come and gone, but it still feels like the first year," she said. "We want the public to know, somebody somewhere has to know something, and they've got to come forward. Nobody should have to go through this, nobody."


Tardo said they chose the park because it's the last part of their father they have to hold on to.


"This is the most meaningful place to have it, because it's the last piece of him that we have," she said.


Breaux's three daughters, who organized the rememberance, have called their effort "Project Wish." The daughters, along with their families, wore gray shirts that showed their father's smiling face.


"We never got to have anything for him. We just want to honor him," said Breaux's daughter, Tania Guidry, 46.


Legally declared dead in 1998, Breaux turned 73 on Jan. 14. His daughters originally scheduled the celebration for the Saturday before his birthday, but weather forced them to reschedule. Looking toward the sky, Breaux's youngest daughter Monica Larpenter, 43, told the crowd she believed this was the right day to hold the event because of the perfect weather.


"Thank you God and thank you daddy. If he had anything to do with this ... thank you," Larpenter said.


Family and friends spoke highly of Breaux's character and shared stories of times he had gone out of his way to help them or someone they knew.


"He was a happy person, friendly, always willing to help. He was a joy to be around," Guidry said. "He was always helping other people. You could always count on him for anything."


Lois Arceneaux, Breaux's ex-wife and mother to his daughters, stood by offering support, something she has done for the past 22 years, Larpenter said.


Arceneaux and Breaux had been divorced 17 years when he became missing but remained close friends because of their daughters. His children meant everything to him, and he would never willingly leave them, she said.


"Maybe it's been on somebody's conscious for a long time and maybe they'll come out," she said.


Breaux's disappearance was broadcast to a national audience in 1992 on the show "Unsolved Mysteries." However, like the police's efforts, the episode was unable to bring closure.


Long considered an unsolved homicide by police detectives, the sisters haven't given up.


"We don't have any answers. We don't want people to think the case is closed or anything like that. We want to try and find out what happened. This will keep it fresh in people's mind and hopefully it'll trigue someone's memory," Guidry said.


Breaux, a salesman at the Earl Williams men's clothing store in downtown Houma, vanished Aug. 28, 1991, following an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at the Easy Does It Club on Bernard Street, near the Southern Oaks Country Club.


At the time he was 50 years old and had been sober for eight years.


"He was a great person and very well known in the community," Guidry said.


His daughters are sure their father, who held down the same job for more than three decades and was heavily involved in the community and committed to his family, didn't just up and leave on his own.


"He came home, he worked in his yard, he ate supper ... If you're planning on leaving, why would you work in your garden?" Larpenter said.


She noted he was also in line to receive an award that weekend during a local AA convention.


During the ceremony, Breaux's daughters and grandchildren grabbed bags of balloons and released into the sky, the wind carrying them across Barrow Street toward La. 311. The family had written Breaux's name and the day he became missing on the balloons in hopes they'll reach someone who can help, Larpenter said.


"You don't know where they're going to go. Hopefully they'll turn up something. We just want the world to know that we haven't forgotten."


If you have any information concerning Breaux's whereabout, contact the Houma Police Department at 985-873-6371.

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AJ is still missing.


Houma Police Department
Phone: (985) 873-6371
Investigative Case #: 08-2023-91
NCIC #: M-513376645

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