Posted: Aug 3, 2011 6:19 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Aug 3, 2011 6:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - New information could help detectives figure out what happened leading up to 51-year-old Sylviane Lozada's mysterious disappearance nearly one month ago.
Philippe Radalet has known Lozada since the mid-1990s when they both moved from Belgium to Louisiana to teach French under "the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana," a program aimed to encourage speaking French to children and "bring French back to Louisiana."
He last spoke to her nearly three months ago while he was taking care of some personal business with a Justice of the Peace.
"I heard her accent which is just like mine, and I said ohh who's this and I was like ohh I think that's Sylviane," Ratalet said.
She turned around, and after a brief conversation catching up on years past, Ratalet asked why she was there.
"She told me she was filing some papers because her husband was abusive. I'm thinking it could have been something with divorce but she didn't come out and say that," Ratalet said.
He was concerned but not enough to raise any red flags, and they went their separate ways.
News 2 contacted the Justice of the Peace's office where Ratalet spoke with Lozada. They confirmed that she had been there, but wouldn't comment on what she filed or had signed because the information was sealed.
The sheriff's office also acknowledged the information but wouldn't elaborate on its nature because "it's part of an on-going investigation."