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Apr 3, 2014 6:49 PM by Akeam Ashford

St. Mary Parish Missing Person Added To LSU Database

A St. Mary Parish family is looking for answers after their loved one disappeared almost five years ago.

In 2009, then 47-year-old Jeffrey Nelson went missing after deputies tried to stop him for reckless driving along Highway 90 in Bayou Vista, according to documents obtained by KATC

Nelson resisted arrest and ran away, according to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff documents. That is the last known time he's been seen.

Nelson's profile was just added to the state's official missing person's database this month. Sheriff spokeswoman Traci Landry said this will only help the chances of solving the case.

"We're happy to be able to bring a renewed awareness to this case. Not just for the family, but for the public and for someone who might have information on his whereabouts," Landry said.

Even though the sheriff's office was the last one to see Nelson, the office does not have evidence proving any deputy is responsible for Nelson's disappearance, Landry said.

"As investigators, we are bound to and guided by evidence. That's what we're going to work with at all times," Landry said.

Chad Nelson remembers his older brother Jeffrey, as the type of person who enjoyed life.

But years before he went missing, Chad said, Jeffrey battled with alcoholism, depression, and even contemplated suicide in the past.

"Our family was trying to help him with things he struggled with. If he's still out there alive, we want to give him help. We want to give him what he needs to be successful," Chad Nelson said.

Even after learning what happened the night his brother went missing, Chad does not believe his brother would take his own life.

"Jeffrey had problems, but let's not brush him under the rug because maybe he wasn't the most upstanding citizen in the world," Chad Nelson said.

Despite his disappearance, Jeffrey Nelson is facing charges in St. Mary Parish, where there are outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Those charges stem from that September 2009 night when he was pulled over by deputies for alleged reckless driving.

If found, Nelson could face charges for resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to yield among other traffic violations.

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