A woman has been accused of misleading investigators searching for her ex-boyfriend in the kidnapping of his estranged wife, whom he abducted from Ormond-by-the-Sea and later shot to death, court documents show.
An indictment filed earlier this week in federal district court in Orlando shows that Belenda Sandy of Buckhannon, West Virginia has been charged with three counts of intimidation or force against a witness in the kidnapping and murder case of Rachael Madison.
The indictment states that Sandy misled sheriff’s investigators, the FBI and the U.S. Marshal’s Service regarding information about the kidnapping. Sandy was arrested in West Virginia.
Sandy is an ex-girlfriend of kidnapping and murder suspect Jarvis Madison, Rachael Madison’s estranged husband.
Rachael Madison, 44, vanished from Ormond-by-the-Sea on Nov. 27 after she went out for a run, investigators said. She was staying with family on Rivocean Drive in an effort to get away from Jarvis Madison, who had been abusive, investigators said.
Her partially buried remains were found on Dec. 2 in a remote area off Interstate 40 near Kodak, Tennessee and identified three days later, FBI investigators said.
According to an FBI complaint affidavit, Jarvis Madison told investigators in Louisville, Kentucky, that he and his estranged wife kissed each other before she got into his vehicle in Ormond-by-the Sea.
But then he admitted that “either in Florida, Georgia, or another state” he shot Rachael Madison three times while they were together in the car, killing her. He also told agents that he buried her body somewhere in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, according to the affidavit. He agreed to assist agents in locating her body.
A search of his vehicle revealed a loaded .45-caliber pistol, stains consistent with blood on the front passenger seat, two cellphones and a receipt for the purchase of a shovel, the court documents state. Jarvis Madison also provided written consent for agents to search his cellphone, which contained photos of his dead wife, the affidavit said.
As for Sandy’s involvement in the incident, the indictment states that she misled Sheriff’s investigators on Nov. 28, the U.S. Marshals Service on Nov. 29 and FBI investigators on Dec. 2, the same day Rachael Madison’s body was found.
“Defendant Belenda Sandy did knowingly mislead investigators from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in order to prevent them from communicating to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice and judges of the Unites States of America, information relating to the kidnapping of an individual with the initials R.M. (Rachael Madison),” the federal indictment reads.
A complaint affidavit on Jarvis Madison prepared by FBI agent Robert Robichaud, states that Sandy started her relationship with Jarvis Madison in 2009. While they were together Sandy gave Jarvis Madison $200,000 and also bought him a gun, the complaint states.
Sandy could not be reached for comment on Friday. She is out on bail and is required to appear in federal court in Orlando on March 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Jarvis Madison is scheduled to appear in federal court in Orlando on March 17 at 10 a.m. for his arraignment.
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