The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office confirmed that they are looking into 59-year-old Addis woman Sandra Rinaudo’s death following a request by the Addis police department to do so.
Rinaudo died in her home on Aug. 9, 2013. The WBR Parish Coroner’s Office ruled her manner of death a homicide and her cause of death “Exsanguination,” or blood loss, due to “Multiple Traumatic Injuries.”
However, a grand jury for the state of Louisiana on Nov. 14, 2013, found “no true bill to any crime according to the law of the State of Louisiana and against the peace and dignity of the same.”
Addis Police Chief Ricky Anderson said in May that there was not enough evidence to support the homicide theory, but that he and Colonel Richie Johnson, of the WBR Parish Sheriff’s Office, were each offering $5,000 of their own money to anyone with a new lead in the case.
Anderson said in May that he would not provide public records to news media regarding the case because, “It’s not a closed case.”
On May 15, Louisiana Television Broadcasting LLC (WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge) brought a case against the Addis police department in 18th Judicial District Court, due to Anderson’s refusal to honor a Louisiana public records request.
WBRZ sought to compel Anderson by law to produce the records via a Writ of Mandamus.
On June 12, Judge J. Robin Free denied the Writ of Mandamus.
Anderson’s June 4 letter to Mike Thompson, Director of Investigations for the Louisiana Attorney General’s (AG’s) Office, stated, “I was wondering if your office would review my investigative file, and consider assisting me with this investigation. The AG’s Office has, in fact, reviewed some of the evidence previously in this case, and has provided valuable insight to the investigation.”
Laura Gerdes Colligan, spokesperson for the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, said, “Our office is honoring his request for assistance, but we cannot comment further since this is an ongoing matter.”
Ragean Bellelo, Rinaudo’s daughter who re-ignited the case by taking the story to WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, could not immediately be reached for comment and did not return phone calls at the time of the Journal’s press deadline.