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One year later; Investigators confident they'll solve Ragsdale case

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     Although Kate Ragsdale's home in 'The Highlands' community of East Tuscaloosa has a new owner, her killer remains on the loose but investigators are confident they'll find who killed her.

    "We're analyzing videos and analyzing witnesses statements and narrowing those down even further," said Sgt. Dales Phillips who oversees Tuscaloosa's Metro Homicide Unit.

     One year ago, a neighbor of Ragsdale found her body in a gruesome murder scene at the home off University Boulevard just past DCH hospital.  Police said she died from blunt force trauma.

     At the time, police solicited the help of a FBI profiler to characterize the killer.  One thing they maintain is the killer lived close to Ragsdale.  They still believe he/she is somewhere in the Tuscaloosa area.  However, Sgt. Phillps says they now have a better idea who they're looking for. "This person is very unorganized.  We believe they (killer) was at Ragsdale home for some reason, didn't plan on killing her and this just happened," he explained.

     Since her death neighbors have remained on edge.  Some have even bought guard dogs.

     Also, those who knew Ragsdale are still shocked by the killing.  She was a well respected retired librarian from the University of Alabama.   Ragsdale was very involved in the community, including the West Alabama Aids Outreach where she volunteered for 15 years.  "Its hard to talk about it.  We just miss her.  Obviously, it was unexpected.  And those of us who loved her desperately want some resolution to the case," said director Billy Kirkpatrick.

     Police say the use of advances in technology have helped them narrow down a list of potential suspects and they feel confident make an arrest soon.

     However, investigators still welcome information from the public.

     Also, a $20,000 reward between The Highlands community and governor's office remains.