Baton Rouge police are investigating the death of afri American museum founder Sadie Roberts Joseph, whose human body was uncovered in a tribe of a car.(priziv.org)
BATON ROUGE, La. (priziv.org) - An icon of the Baton Rouge ar was found dead in the tribe of a vehicle Friday afternoon. One autopsy to determine the cause of fatality for Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, to be performed Monday, July 15 and revealed she passed away from traumatic asphyxia, consisting of suffocation.

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According to officials v the Baton Rouge Police Department, Roberts-Joseph found at approximately 3:45 p.m. ~ above Friday, July 12. Joseph is the founder that non-profit, Odell S. Williams currently & then Museum of african American History.


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Baton Rouge Police inspection the step of a body discovered in the tribe of a vehicle, Friday, July 12, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. The vehicle was parked behind one unoccupied residence top top N. 20th Street in ~ the intersection that Adams Avenue. On hand were ar attorney Hillar Moore as well as Baton Rouge Police chief Murphy Paul, uniform patrol command Kevin Newman, assistant uniform patrol command Michael Rarick and also deputy cook Robert McGarner .(STAFF picture BY boy name SCHEINUK | The Advocate)
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Chief Murphy Paul looks into an unoccupied residence on scene as Baton Rouge Police inspection a body discovered in the stems of a vehicle, Friday, July 12, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. The auto was parked behind one unoccupied residence top top N. 20th Street in ~ the intersection that Adams Avenue.(STAFF picture BY young name SCHEINUK | The Advocate)
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Roadrunner pipeline the scene through a vehicle carrying the deceased together Baton Rouge Police inspection the step of a body found in the tribe of a vehicle, Friday, July 12, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. The car was parked behind an unoccupied residence ~ above N. 20th Street in ~ the intersection that Adams Avenue.(STAFF picture BY hilary SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

On Tuesday, July 16, one arrest to be made in the case.

Ronn Jermaine Bell has actually been charged with very first degree murder in link with Roberts-Joseph’s death. It’s thought Bell was among Roberts-Joseph’s tenants and was behind about $1,200 in rent.


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My love is empty... Together I learned critical night that Ms. Sadie Roberts Joseph was found murdered! This woman was amazing...

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East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome expressed she condolences Sunday with a short article published on Instagram.


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The automobile was discovered in the 2300 block that N 20th Street, i m sorry is situated off I-110 close to Choctaw.

BRPD comment on its on facebook page about Roberts-Joseph:

“Ms. Sadie to be a tireless advocate of peace in the community. Us had avenues to occupational with she on so countless levels. From assisting v her bicycle giveaway in ~ the african American Museum to working v the organization she started dubbed CADAV (Community against Drugs and Violence). Ms. Sadie is a treasure come our community. She will be let go by BRPD and her loss will be feeling in the neighborhood she served.”


Preserve Louisiana also released a explain on Roberts-Joseph’s death. She obtained an compensation from the organization in 2008.

"Preserve Louisiana join our community, our state, and also our nation in mourning the loss of Sadie Roberts-Joseph and in celebrating her invaluable work. Ms. Sadie, one of our 2008 preservation Award Recipients, worked tirelessly in cultural preservation over several generations.

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Michele" Deshotels, Chairperson of preserve Louisiana"s preservation Awards Committee, shares she appreciation in the following statement: "Ms. Sadie Roberts-Joseph to be a historic preservationist widely known throughout Louisiana for her leadership and work in establishing and operating the Odell S. Williams Now and Then african American Museum. The preservation community has shed a valued colleague and friend."

We space committed come working with other community members and partners to support her work moving forward. We extend our condolences to all feeling the weight of this significant loss."

Roberts-Joseph’s house is located on Kaufman Street, i beg your pardon is approximately three and a fifty percent miles from wherein her body to be found.