Priest, on leave pending investigation, found dead
ALEXANDRIA - A body found last week at an Alexandria motel has been identified as a 48-year-old priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria.
Alexandria police said there was no sign of foul play in the death of Jamie Medina-Cruz. The body was found at the Value Place Motel on Friday. Autopsy results were pending.
On its website Monday, the diocese said Medina-Cruz was on administrative leave from St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church in Cottonport. The Town Talk reported (http://townta.lk/11D1SAi ) that he was placed on administrative leave at St. Mary's on March 12, pending an investigation of alleged misconduct with a minor. No charges had been filed.
The diocese said Medina-Cruz had also had assignments in Natchitoches, Marksville, Ferriday and Alexandria.
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