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quest Tom Stewart and Jimmie Breckenridge. Missing ??

The Tampa Tribune
July 26, 1992
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MISSING INVESTIGATION ESCAMBIA FLA
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THOMAS STEWART

Disappearance strikes family a second time

Author: BILL KACZOR; Associated Press Writer

Dateline: CENTURY
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When a family practitioner flew off in his single-engine plane seven months ago, never to be seen again, he left his family with a second unsolved disappearance.
Thomas Stewart disappeared on Jan. 8. His first wife Jimmie Breckenridge, the mother of three of his eight children, vanished during the mid-1960s.
""The oldest daughter said, "Well, I have two parents and I don't know if either one of them is alive,' '' recalled his present wife, Barbara Stewart, 63.
After her divorce, Breckenridge came every summer to this Panhandle town on the Alabama-Florida border from Paducah, Ky., to visit her three daughters.
""One summer she just didn't come and they never heard from her again,'' Barbara Stewart said.
The girls, now grown, and their mother's oldest sister have been unable to find the missing woman through the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other agencies, said the youngest of the sisters, Claudia Avery, 41.
Records that could have helped in the search are missing or destroyed, she said.
Avery, now living in a Georgia town she didn't want identified, said her mother's feelings may have been hurt because the girls rejected her plans to have them spend summers with her.
Avery wrote about her mother's disappearance in a letter to her father shortly before he vanished, telling him there must have been a reason she was unable to let the family know what happened to her.
Her father, a general practitioner in this small town for 40 years, disappeared Jan. 8.
Stewart, 67, apparently drove his old truck to the airport in nearby Atmore, Ala., early in the morning before anyone else had gotten there, climbed into his Cessna and took off.
No one saw him or knew where he was going.
The Air Force, Civil Air Patrol and one of Stewart's sons searched from the air but found no wreckage. No signals were picked up from an emergency beacon that was supposed to activate if the plane crashed.

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Miami Herald, The (FL)
July 26, 1992
MISSING FATHER DEEPENS FAMILY MYSTERY

Author: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Dateline: CENTURY, Fla.
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When Dr. Thomas Stewart flew off in his single-engine plane seven months ago, never to be seen again, he left his family with a second unsolved disappearance.
Stewart's first wife Jimmie Breckenridge, who is the mother of three of his eight children, vanished during the mid-1960s.
"The oldest daughter said . . . , 'Well, I have two parents and I don't know if either one of them is alive,' " recalled his present wife, Barbara Stewart, 63.
After her divorce, Breckenridge came every summer to this Panhandle town on the Alabama-Florida border from Paducah, Ky., to visit her three daughters.
"One summer she just didn't come and they never heard from her again," Stewart said.
The girls, now grown, and their mother's oldest sister have been unable to find the missing woman through the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other agencies, said the youngest of the sisters, Claudia Avery, 41.
Records that could have helped in the search are missing or destroyed, she said in a telephone interview.
Avery, now living in a Georgia town she didn't want identified, said her mother's feelings may have been hurt
because the girls rejected her plans to have them spend summers with her.
Avery recalled writing about her mother's disappearance in a letter to her father shortly before he vanished, telling him there must have been a reason she was unable to let the family know what happened to her.
Her father, a general practitioner in this small town for 40 years, disappeared Jan. 8.
Stewart, 67, apparently drove his old truck to the airport in nearby Atmore, Ala., early in the morning before anyone else had gotten there, climbed into his Cessna and took off.
No one saw him or knew where he was going.
The Air Force, Civil Air Patrol and one of Stewart's sons searched from the air but found no wreckage. No signals were picked up from an emergency beacon that was supposed to activate if the plane crashed.
Family members theorized he may have gone off to start a new life somewhere or was the victim of foul play. They hired a private investigator, but neither he nor police turned up any evidence to support either of those possibilities.
"We poked and hunted and searched and looked and ran into dead ends everywhere," Stewart said. "It's just like he flew out of there that morning and the sky swallowed him."
The couple had marital problems and no longer were living together, but Stewart said she didn't think that had anything to do with his disappearance. Avery is not so sure.
"I tend to think, like many of the others in the family think, that the stresses in my Dad's life had all of a sudden come together, confronting him, and that he just started over somewhere else," she said.
She thinks her father, who liked to keep busy doing physical work like chopping firewood and fixing things around the house, would be happy with a simple life, perhaps pumping gasoline at a service station.
The day before he disappeared, Stewart had flown to his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., to see one of his sons, Allen. During their visit, he mentioned he was tired and needed a long rest.
Stewart contends his age and personality work against the new-life theory.
"Tom has always been a very, very responsible person," she said. "I can't conceive of it."
If he did start again, he had to do it from scratch because he apparently took nothing of value with him, family members said.
Some townspeople, who counted Stewart as a friend and community leader as well as doctor, have speculated he may be resting on a beach in the Caribbean.
"No," Stewart insisted. "He didn't like beaches, and he didn't like to rest. He was a busy, busy man. He liked to stay busy."
Another possibility is suicide. Perhaps, he purposely crashed his plane into the Gulf of Mexico.
"He's not the type to do that either," Stewart said.
Could Stewart somehow have secretly kept in touch with his first wife and be reunited somewhere with her?
Avery said she didn't think he would have kept his whereabouts from the children.
"I wouldn't say it's impossible, now," Stewart said. "But I would be very surprised."

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