Police using profile in hunt for Tuscaloosa killer

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tuscaloosa police say the killer of a retired University of Alabama professor is likely a young person who lives in the same area.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/VmCexW ) a retired FBI agent worked with local investigators to develop a criminal profile in their hunt for the killer of 73-year-old Kate Ragsdale. She was found dead in her home in the Highlands neighborhood last Sunday.

Capt. Loyd Baker, Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit commander, says the profile indicates the killer likely walked to and from the victim's home and was familiar with the location. Baker says the killer also appears to have an "extreme lack of criminal sophistication."

Baker says Ragsdale's killing is a priority for police, who have also collected and analyzed video surveillance footage from the area.

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Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com



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