Two arrested in connection with 1986 slaying of Golden Meadow woman

LAFOURCHE PARISH (WVUE) – Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre has announced the arrest of two suspects in the 1986 slaying of Paula Boudreaux.

Russell Lee and Judith “Judy” Weiser have been charged with the 22-year-old Golden Meadow woman’s murder.

Boudreaux was last seen on August 3, 1986, at her parents’ residence and was reported missing on August 6. Skeletal remains discovered in Slidell in January 1989 remained unidentified until 2022, when the St. Tammany collaborated with the LSU FACES Laboratory. .

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After creating a possible facial image, an anonymous tip led investigators to consider Boudreaux as the victim. DNA from one of her relatives confirmed her identity in January 2023.

Detectives reopened the investigation, interviewing those connected to Boudreaux and reviewing previous files. They identified Lee and Weiser as the key suspects. Lee’s extensive criminal record and additional evidence implicated both of them in the murder.

Authorities believe the two killed Boudreaux, dismembered her and dumped her remains in Slidell.

Lee was apprehended in Missouri on July 9 with the help of the Mountain Grove Police Department. Weiser was arrested in Tennessee on July 10 with the assistance of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Both are charged with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. They will be held at the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex with bail set at $1.1 million each.

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