Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details 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 her younger children. She told her daughter that she would be calling to check on the children about 10:00-11:00PM. First, Mary Ann called, stating that she was OK and that she would be home shortly. Later, a woman who identified herself as "Dorothy" called, to report that Mary Ann was having car trouble. Mary Ann's family did not know who Dorothy was and was concerned because Mary Ann's car was practically new.
Mary Ann never called and never came home. 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.
Several days after Mary Ann vanished from her Chalmette home, a serial killer named David Courtney confessed to having killed her, although her body was never found.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
New Orleans Police Department