TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — On Feb. 24, 2013, 73-year-old Kate Ragsdale was found dead in her home. Seven years later, her case is still open.
The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit (TVCU) is still looking for any new leads that could possibly bring justice for Ragsdale. There is currently a combined $25,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest or the closure of the case.
Investigators are hoping the reward, as well as the passage of time, will encourage witnesses to come forward.
The murder happened in Tuscaloosa city councilman Kip Tyner’s district. Tyner is hoping the family of Ragsdale can get closure soon.
“It has to be in the thoughts of every neighbor when they come home,” Tyner said. “Has to be in the thoughts of everyone who lives alone that if this can happen to Kate Ragsdale it can happen to anyone. So everybody needs closure and I hope that comes before the next anniversary.”
TPD Captain Jack Kennedy wants the community in the Highlands neighborhood to know that investigators from the Violent crimes unit have not given up on this case.
“Of course the family is the primary concern and the trauma they have to live with and we can’t bring her back but we one day hope to close this case and bring some type of closure,” Kennedy said. “The investigators who responded that day and worked this case carry it with them as well and I don’t ever think it will be forgotten.”
If you have any information that could help the investigation, contact TVCU at (205) 464-8690.