LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - In the last twenty years not much has changed here on Warren Avenue -- a middle class neighborhood with hardworking people.
"This in 1987 and even still today was relatively a productive neighborhood. As you can see from our surroundings it show that it's a vibrant neighborhood, they have businesses across the street, there's neighbors outside tending to their yards," said Lake Charles Police Sgt. Mark Kraus.
It's one of the last places you would suspect a violent murder against one of the Lake Area's elderly residents. But such was the case back in the early morning hours of March 15, 1987. Lake Charles Firefighters respond to house fire to find 75-year-old Noah Breaux bludgeoned to death inside.
"Entry was made into his house by someone. Once they got into his house they beat Mr. Breaux to death, they then set the house on fire to try and conceal that beating," explained Kraus.
Sgt. Kraus says investigators believe the motive was robbery and that Mr. Breaux knew his murderer. In fact, in the early part of the investigation an arrest was made but later dismissed by the Calcasieu District Attorney's Office due to lack of evidence.
"If there's not enough to move forward with a trial... Time is always on our side because evidence may be produced at a later date. Once you try someone and they are found not guilty, we can never ever try that person again no matter what evidence is produced," said Kraus.
Despite the passing of time, Kraus says investigators believe that evidence is still out there.
"This is certainly something that we just can't let rest even after 20 something years... And we never intend on letting it rest," said Kraus, "We have to understand that the family members of this victim are still living with this every single day of their lives. That's why we think a case as important as yesterday is as important as 1987 to us and hopefully we'll get some information and give some resolution to the case."