Dale A. Lafleur
Dale, approximately 2011; Philip LaFleur
Date reported missing : 07/13/2011
Missing location (approx) :
Port Barre, Louisiana
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 11/13/1942 (78)
Age at the time of disappearance: 68 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9, 165 - 185 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A yellow shirt and black pants.
Medical conditions : Dale was diagnosed with prostate cancer shortly before his disappearance was depressed as a result.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Gray hair, blue eyes. Dale has a mole on his forehead. He has missing teeth.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Dale was last seen leaving his home in the 2600 block of Bayou Road in Port Barre, Louisiana at 5:00 p.m. on July 13, 2011. He was driving a 1991 Mazda Miata convertible with the Louisiana handicapped license plate number 320729. The vehicle is blue, with gray primer and has a soft black top. He has never been heard from again.
An extensive search of the area turned up no indication of Dale's whereabouts. He left his dog behind, which is uncharacteristic of him, and also left his trailer home unlocked. His family stated he doesn't hunt or fish and rarely stays away from home for more than a day or so.
In May 2017, Dale's 23-year-old grand-nephew, Philip Foster Lafleur, confessed to his great-uncle's murder. A photo of Philip is posted with this case summary. Philip stated he'd beaten Dale to death because Dale had promised to give him some money and then hadn't done so.
Philip was already in custody awaiting trial for second-degree murder at the time he confessed to Dale's murder. He had confessed in February 2016 to the murder of Akeem Adiddias Ceasar, who had disappeared from Eunice, Louisiana in December 2015 and was found shot to death in a wooded area of Eunice two months later.
Philip stated he buckled his great-uncle's body into the passenger seat of Dale's Mazda and drove it into the Atchafalaya River across from Krotz Springs. Police searched the specified location, but they couldn't find Dale's car or his body. Nevertheless, in August 2017, Philip was indicted for his uncle's murder.
In November, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Dale's case and second-degree murder in Ceaser's death. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his uncle's case and life without parole for the other murder.
Although Dale was upset over his recent cancer diagnosis, his loved ones don't believe he would have taken his own life. Foul play is suspected in his disappearance due to the circumstances involved.
Other information and links : ncy
St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
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