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Church of God member murdered in New Orleans area

The Journal has learned that a member of the Church of God an International Community who was featured in an article in The Journal's Aug. 31, 2005, issue was murdered in Metairie, a city near New Orleans, La., May 22.

Alessandra "Sandra" Adams, 51, was jogging with her son and a friend of her son at Lafreniere Park around 9 p.m., reported The Times-Picayune, a New Orleans newspaper.

She and the two men separated, with her walking along a trail and the other two jogging. The men planned to contact Mrs. Adams by cell phone, then meet up with her and drive home.

The men did not see Mrs. Adams again until the next morning at 6:30 after her battered body was found in a gravel lot about a half mile away.

Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies said they are seeking a 25-year-old Mexican citizen, Edmundo Cerda-Anima, on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of Mrs. Adams. They reported they developed Mr. Cerda as a suspect with help from the Wichita, Kan., police department.

The announcement reportedly came after sheriff's deputies impounded a white Ford Expedition similar to the getaway vehicle they were seeking in connection with the killing.

An autopsy indicates Mrs. Adams suffered "multiple blunt-force trauma." Deputies said Mr. Cerda lived in an apartment complex about a mile south of the park.

The Journal's article in August reported on damage from Hurricane Katrina, including Mrs. Adams' residence and the residence of her mother, Miriam Boyce of Slidell, La., who attends with the Worldwide Church of God.

Members of independent Church of God congregations, Dave Havir of Big Sandy, Texas, and Anthony Kimmons of Brookhaven, Miss., had traveled to Louisiana to assist with the relief efforts and had driven Mrs. Adams to her home to assess damage and retrieve some belongings including two vehicles.

A Times-Picayune report said Mrs. Adams' relatives described her as someone who was kind to everyone she met.

Mrs. Adams had reportedly owned and operated Bourbon French Parfum Co., a shop that had been in her family for more than 100 years. She had also reportedly been in the real-estate business.

The Journal has learned that the "America's Most Wanted" Web site and television program have added Mrs. Adams' alleged murderer to its list of the nation's most-wanted suspected criminals. See for more information.

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