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Apr 30, 2013 4:07 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Missing in Acadiana: Dale LaFleur and Bubba Kidder

The families of Dale LaFleur and Earl "Bubba" Kidder are still searching for answers after their loved ones went missing years ago.

The men are just two of several who have gone missing in Acadiana and four who disappeared from St. Landry and St. Martin parishes. See people missing in Acadiana here

Sixty-eight year old LaFleur went missing on July 13, 2011.

He left his home that day, and drove off in his Blue Mazda Miata. For 10 days, police searched the Atchafalaya river and Bayou Courtableu with a solar boat and even brought in a helicopter. 

But, to this day, they haven't been able to locate LaFluer, or his car.

"We'd love to solve this case, as in others of missing persons from St. Landry Parish, and I feel for the family because I know the family very well, I know all his brothers in his family, been knowing them for many, many years," St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said. "And my heart goes out to to the family, they want answers and we can't provide it to them. But if we could, I would."

The family of Earl "Bubba" Kidder is also still looking for answers. Kidder called Saint Landry Parish home and went missing from St. Martin Parish three years ago.

"You know as time passes, you begin to realize, you he's not coming home... That it is over, and something did happen to him," Kidder's sister, Melissa Brown said.

But what happened to Kidder is the question no one can answer. All that's left are pictures and memories like the one from the day he disappeared.

"I'll never forget, momma called me at 6 o'clock in the morning and said your brother is missing. And it's like, just a cold chill went down my spine cause I just knew it wasn't good," Brown said.

Kidder was on a fishing trip with his friends in the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area in Point Coupee Parish. Investigators said he left on March 28, 2010 without telling anyone, and he hopped in a car by himself and drove along a dirt path, into woods in neighboring St. Martin Parish.

Later, the car was found completely burnt with no sign of Kidder.

"Possibilities on this case are endless. Yes he could have just taken off, walking away from the car. Right Now we have no clue of what actually happened or who's involved," St. Martin Parish Sheriff Lt. John Bruce said.

Authorities could never determine whether the fire was mechanical or if foul play was involved.

"I can't say how many days we spent out here, or how many actual hours. But we were out here for quite a bit of time," Bruce said. "At one time we had, um, the family come out here with us as we did a search, and that yielded negative results on anything."

It's been three years since that search., and not finding Kidder has meant not finding closure either.

"We had a memorial service at church, but we never had anything tangible to say, 'Yes something did happen, he is gone,'" Brown said. "You know, no closure no grave-sight to go to nothing."

"It's just hard, I don't know how to explain it. I'm so lost without him, I mean, we used to talk on a daily basis," Kidder's daughter, Sarah Kidder, said. "I just want to know what happened and I would like to put it to rest. Because i do not have closure at all."

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