As 2013 comes to a close, Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit investigators say the death of Kate Ragsdale is their only case with no arrests.
Ragsdale, 74, was a retired University of Alabama librarian who was found dead in her home on February 24. Ragsdale lived in The Highlands, an upscale neighborhood off of University Boulevard, next to DCH Regional Medical Center.
In the past ten months, investigators say they have combed through tons of evidence in the case. Although they want to bring the case to a resolution, they don't believe the information they need will disappear with time.
"We feel there are some people out there who know some things, and they're always going to know those things," Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit Sgt. Dale Phillips said.
"We stand by our profile that this is probably someone that Ms. Ragsdale knew, or had had an acquaintance with. Therefore, this person, we don't feel, can just drift away and never be seen or heard from again. It's probably someone we've already had contact with, and we feel eventually, someone's going to talk, or that one bit of information we need that points us in the right direction will be developed," Sgt. Phillips said.
Earlier this year, homicide investigators released a profile of a possible suspect developed in conjunction with a retired FBI profiler.
According to the profile, it's likely the suspect lived near the Ragsdale residence and walked to and from the crime scene. Investigators say they believe the person responsible for Ragsdale's death went there for a purpose. They do not think it is likely this was a random act of violence.
Phillips also says there is a reason investigators do not publicly dispel speculation and rumors surrounding the case.
"We know a tremendous amount of information in this case, and we're being very careful with what we release, because we want to keep those conversations, we want to keep those bits of information coming in to us," Sgt. Phillips said.
Although this case has received lots of public attention, homicide investigators stress that it has not received any more of their attention compared to the other cases they are working.
If you have any information that could be related to the death of Kate Ragsdale, homicide investigators want to hear from you. You can contact the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit at (205) 349-0518, or make a confidential call to Crime Stoppers at (205) 752-STOP.
There is currently a total $20,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.
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