May 18, 2010 9:33 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
GRETNA, La. (AP) - A man suspected of abducting a grandmother in
a suburban New Orleans park and killing her in 2006 has been
arrested in Mexico, according to the Jefferson Parish sheriff.
Edmundo Cerda-Anima, 25, was taken into custody Friday with the
help of the New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force, which had been
tracking him, Sheriff Newell Normand said. He was being held by
Mexican authorities pending extradition.
Alessandra "Sandra" Adams, a 51-year-old Metairie real estate
agent, was found murdered May 23, 2006, in Lafreniere Park in
Jefferson Parish. She disappeared the night of May 22 after going
to the park to walk a two-mile track while her son and one of his
Authorities said they passed her once on the trail, but never
met up with them back at their car. She was found the next day
stripped of clothing near the park. An autopsy showed she had been
sexually assaulted and died of injuries after being hit by a
Investigators later tied the killing to a white sport utility
vehicle and linked it to Cerda-Anima, a carpenter who was working
in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
For years, federal and local investigators tracked Cerda-Anima,
receiving significant leads about his movement in the United
States, according to Normand. Several months ago, investigators
learned that he had returned to his native Mexico.
"So many times we were so close to getting him and I think that
increased a lot of frustration for us," Normand told The
The sheriff would not say exactly how the suspect was captured.
He said Cerda-Anima will be booked with first-degree murder upon
his return to Louisiana.