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Jun 30, 2010 6:19 PM by Kate Mundy

Reward Offered in New Iberia Strangulation Case

On July 1, 2008 Judy Blanchard Landry drank her last cup of coffee and smoked her last cigarette in the dining room of her Robert S. Drive home in New Iberia.

"As she was sipping coffee, I think he slipped two tie wraps around her neck," said Whitney Blanchard, brother of the victim.

The 61-year old's lifeless body was found by her husband. At first, investigators who rushed to the scene thought it was a suicide, but her brothers knew better. "She feared death, and that's one of the reasons why we know she didn't commit suicide, she was afraid to die," said her brother Buddy Blanchard.

So, who did it and why? Landry didn't have any known enemies, she kept her house locked and didn't let strangers get near. "Whoever it was knocked on that door, she let them come in, she knew them," said Terry Hendricks, Landry's son.

"It's not an easy case when you consider that she was alone in the house, there was no forced entry either someone had or key or she killed herself, now which is it? We don't know and we're gonna work on it," said Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal.

Now, two years later, the Sheriff's Office tells KATC that new information is surfacing, with new eyes on the case. Sheriff Ackal said they're pursuing new leads and the case is still active.

Family members are determined not to let the killing go unsolved. "We won't forget and we will find out who did it," said her brother Bobbie Blanchard.

"I miss her with all my heart I go and see her, I go sit at her grave and I talk to my mama," said Joseph Hendricks, Landry's son.

In a desperate quest for justice, Landry's family is now offering a 10-thousand dollar reward for information leading to the conviction of a killer.

If you have any information, call the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office at (337) 369-3711 or (337) 369-3714.

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