Mary Ann Perez
Missing since March 25, 1976 from Chalmette, Louisiana
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
On March 25, 1976, Mary Ann Perez of Chalmette, Louisiana, went out with a girlfriend and left her teen-aged daughter to babysit the younger children.
She told her daughter that she would be calling to check on the children about 22.00-23.00. First she called, stating that she was OK and that she would be home shortly. And then a woman by the name of Dorothy called, to report that Mary Ann was having car trouble. Mary Ann's family did not know who Dorothy was.
Mary Ann never called and never came home. Her family soon discovered that she had gone to meet her friend at a country-western club on the outskirts of New Orleans.
The next morning, police found Mary Ann's car parked in front of the club, but saw no evidence of car trouble. Three days later, Mary Ann's purse was found in Lake Pontchartrain, ten miles away. It had been weighted down by a brick. But there was no trace of Mary Ann Perez.
Convicted killer David Courtney confessed to abducting and killing Mary Ann. According to David Courtney, he and his wife dumped their victim near the Louisiana/Mississippi state line and made no attempt to hide her body. An extensive search was conducted, but no body was recovered. The Courtneys were never charged with Mary Ann's murder.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
New Orleans Police Department
Agency Case Number: C-23901-76
NamUs MP #14115
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