Alabama's governor is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person who killed an elderly Tuscaloosa woman in her home last month.
Gov. Robert Bentley's office announced the reward on Monday, March 11, in connection to the brutal murder of Kate Ragsdale, a 73-year-old retired librarian and longtime University of Alabama employee.
Ragsdale was discovered stabbed to death inside her home on Sunday, Feb. 24. Police believe she had been dead inside her home for several days before a neighbor discovered her body after noticing her newspapers had piled up on her lawn.
Officials have not identified a suspect in Ragsdale's murder. Gov. Bentley is urging anyone with information about the case to come forward.
"The Tuscaloosa Police Department is working hard to solve this brutal crime," Gov. Bentley said in a release issued this afternoon.
"Someone may have seen or heard something that could be the tip detectives need. I hope this reward will encourage people to come forward and provide the information that will help bring Ms. Ragsdale's killer to justice," Bentley said.
Earlier this month, a former criminal profiler who is working with Tuscaloosa authorities on the case released a profile on the suspect based on crime scene evidence. The profile indicates that Ragsdale's killer was probably young, lived nearby and walked to and from her home in The Highlands subdivision. The profile also describes the killer as having an "extreme lack of criminal sophistication."
However, investigators emphasize that no possible suspect should be eliminated from the investigation based solely on the profile information.
To be eligible for the $5,000 reward, you can submit an anonymous tip by calling the Tuscaloosa Crime Stoppers at 205-752-STOP. You can also submit a tip anonymously to the Tuscaloosa Police Department's Facebook page, email the Homicide Unit directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 205-464-8690.
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