No Foul Play Expected in Priest's Death

June 10, 2013

Alexandria Police say no foul play is expected after an Alexandria priest was found dead in a motel room. Police say on Friday, they got a call about a "welfare concern" at the Value Place Motel in Alexandria. There, they found the body of 48-year-old Reverend Jamie Medina-Cruz. Father Medina-Cruz is a native of Puerto Rico, and his assignments included churches in Natchitoches, Marksville, Ferriday, Alexandria and Cottonport. He was on administrative leave from Saint Mary's Assumption Catholic Church in Cottonport.

"We are still grieving over this and making our way for all that must be done. Please, let us keep him and so many in our prayers," says Father S. Scott Chemino, Vicar General of the Diocese of Alexandria.

An autopsy and toxicology report is pending.








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