D.A. Stutes: Grebinger Case an ‘Ongoing Criminal Investigation’

Amid news from Brazilian authorities that Sean Grebinger, the estranged husband and suspect in the 2013 disappearance of Crystal Dupuis Grebinger, has died of an apparent suicide, Lafayette District Attorney Keith Stutes says the case remains a “continuing, ongoing criminal investigation.”

Grebinger was arrested Tuesday in Pouso Alegre, Brazil, where he had been living with a new wife and the children he and Crystal Grebinger had together; those children, now teens, have reportedly been returned to the custody of their maternal grandmother in Louisiana. He was scheduled to be extradited back to Lafayette to face a charge of murder in connection with Crystal Grebinger’s presumed death, although local authorities have offered little in terms of evidence in the case.

Brazilian media report that Sean Grebinger was found dead in his jail cell Thursday night in Pouso Alegre of an apparent suicide, although details of the circumstances of his death remain sketchy. He was 48 years old.

Grebinger had long been a suspect in the disappearance Crystal Grebinger, who was last seen outside a Lafayette shelter for battered women in February of 2013. The Grebingers had a rocky relationship, documented at the end by a restraining order Crystal Grebinger obtained seeking protection from a husband she claimed was a physically abusive.

In a release issued today following queries from News15 about whether his office had been contacted by authorities in Brazil concerning Grebinger’s death, D.A. Stutes said the case “continues to be an active, ongoing criminal investigation, involving several law enforcement agencies, as certain aspects of the investigation are not complete. In order not to compromise the completion of this continuing, ongoing criminal investigation, the District Attorney’s Office and the investigating agencies involved cannot provide further information and comment at this time.”