Ruston arson murder mystery

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RUSTON, La. (5/5/19)–  Behind the trees and brush along down woods road in Ruston lies the remnants of a murder mystery.

What was once the brick home of 25-year-old Ronia Washington is now a pile of charred rubble.

It’s here where Ronia’s body was found burned beyond recognition in 2007.

  “For 11 years, it’s the up and down, up and down of knowing that the person that did this to her and they’re living their life and their family is not feeling the pain that we’re still feeling,” said Precious Arkansas, Ronia’s older sister.

The Bastrop native, nicknamed “Candy” by family and friends, enjoyed the outdoors and is remembered by loved ones for her playful and charismatic personality.

  “She was life. wherever she was at she was the life of the party. She was the life of the family,” said Ronia’s mom Leanora Hicks.

Her murder, still haunting her family over a decade later.

  “She would come to me in dreams and she would tell me she was okay. I’m okay but just not knowing. and I’m trying Candy, I’m trying hard to find out,” said Arkansas.

Officials, also taking the cold case personally.

  “Ronia, even though I did not know her directly, she was very closely associated with some of my childhood friends, some of my best friends to this day,” said Captain Rusty Edwards with the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Edwards has been reviewing old evidence, hoping that new technology will help provide a lead.

He’s determined to get justice.

“I will get them one day. I know I will,” said Edwards “It’s time for someone to come forward and close this case for the family, for Ronia.”

There’s a $25,000 reward for anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest.

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