Sadie Roberts-Joseph found dead in the trunk of a carJuly 14, 2019
On Friday night ,12th of July, Founder of an African-American history museum, Sadie Roberts-Joseph was found dead in the trunk of a car, miles away from her residence.
The body of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, was located Friday but it wasn’t immediately clear what led officers to the car. The cause of her death is still unknown, police told the station.
The vehicle was about 3 miles from her home, CNN affiliate WAFB reported.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office reportedly will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of Roberts-Joseph’s death.
In a Facebook post, police mourned the loss of Roberts-Joseph who they called a “treasure to our community.”
Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community. We had opportunities to work with her on so many levels … Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community, she will be missed by BRPD and her loss will be felt in the community she served.”
Roberts-Joseph was a renowned advocate in the Baton Rouge area. She founded the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African American Museum in 2001, where she had been hosting the city’s Juneteenth celebration for years. She also founded Community Against Drugs and Violence, a non-profit organization focused in creating a safer environment for children in North Baton Rouge.
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