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Wichita worker wanted in La. slaying

May 28, 2006

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— A Wichita construction worker who had been in Louisiana for three months working on hurricane-damaged homes is wanted in connection with the death of a woman, authorities said.

A warrant was issued for Edmundo Cerda-Anima, who may have returned to the Wichita area, said Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish sheriff's office. He said investigators think Cerda-Anima left the Metairie, La., area because he told a co-worker he was heading to Kansas.

Authorities described Cerda-Anima as 5-foot-10 to 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was thought to be driving a dark blue 1993 Ford F-150 pickup that belonged to a co-worker, Fortunato said. Wichita police said the vehicle has a Kansas license plate number of WJT 384.

Louisiana authorities said they suspect him in the death of 51-year-old Sandra Adams, of Metairie, a city of about 450,000 next to New Orleans. Adams disappeared Monday night while walking or jogging in Metairie's Lafreniere Park, Fortunato said. Her body was found near the park.

According to the Jefferson Parish coroner's office, she had "multiple traumatic injuries."

She had gone to the park with her son and his friend but had moved ahead of them, Fortunato said.

She had been in a "well-frequented, public playground," he said. "It certainly has sent a shock wave through our community."

Parish officials said there would be security changes at Lafreniere Park, the site of the abduction, including the installation of video surveillance cameras and the closing of some entrances after dark.

Louisiana investigators received a tip about a vehicle description that was linked to an apartment complex. That lead, combined with others, led investigators to suspect Cerda-Anima, Fortunato said.

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