TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - The reward for information in an elderly Tuscaloosa woman's murder has been increased to a total of $20,000, authorities announced Wednesday.
Kate Ragsdale, 73, was found stabbed to death her home in the Highlands subdivision of Tuscaloosa on Feb. 24. A neighbor found her body inside her home after being concerned by the pile of newspapers that remained untouched on her front lawn.
Authorities believe Ragsdale had been dead for several days before she was found.
Police have not named or arrested a suspect in the case. A former FBI agent created a suspect profile for the case based on crime scene evidence and said Ragsdale's killer was likely young, may have lived nearby and could have walked to and from the scene.
However, police said they could not rule out any suspects based solely on the profile information.
In a new development in the investigation on Wednesday, the Tuscaloosa Homicide Unit announced a $15,000 increase in money for information in Ragsdale's murder.
The Governor's office had previously offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. The neighborhood association raised an additional $15,000, bringing the total amount to $20,000.
Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Billy Sharpe and Tuscaloosa Assistant Police Chief Mitt Tubbs also attended the announcement.
Ragsdale was employed by the University of Alabama for more than 25 years and worked for most of those years as a librarian. She retired in 2006 but remained active with the UA Retire Association before her death.