LANETT, AL (WTVM) - Agents with the Alabama Bureau of Investigations are working hand in hand with the Lanett Police Department to find the person or persons who murdered an elderly woman.
The mayor of Lanett says the community is saddened and in shock over the murder of 76-year-old Rosie Ramsey. She was a well-known lady, loved by all, sweet and quiet, and always had a smile on her face.
Now, this community wants answers and they want justice for her killer or killers.
Lanett investigators are on the hunt for the person or persons responsible for killing Ramsey inside her home at South 15th Street in the Crystal Springs Community.
"As far as I know she was the sweetest lady that had ever been on this earth," said neighbor Nathan Brooks. "She never bothered anybody, minded her own business, and reminded me of my mother. Her name was Rosie and her name is Rosie, always had a smile on her face."
A relative discovered Ramsey's body around 8 a.m. Tuesday and called police.
"When I was called and told Mrs. Ramsey had been killed, that her daughter had found her stabbed that just got the best of me, because I have known her for such a long time," said Lanett Mayor Oscar Crowley.
Investigators are awaiting an autopsy to determine the cause of death. They do not believe she was sexually assaulted. The Alabama Bureau of Investigations is also assisting local police and running down leads.
"They are running down leads we were up running down stuff till midnight last night and we were up here first thing in the morning they are trying to find some people to talk to," said a police officer.
Ramsey lived in a quiet public housing community geared towards senior citizens. The complex sits across the street from Lanett High School.
"I'm worried about the communities safety here, whoever did this should be very punished, my mom lives here and I am very concerned about her safety," said resident Sheila Heard.
"I don't want anybody in Lanett to be concerned about somebody on the prowl that we haven't found yet, we are working on it all day and night to find the person who did this and bring our city back in order," Crowley said.
"I pray to God her soul rests in peace and whoever done it, I pray to God they get him soon, very soon," Brooks said.
If you have any information on the case, please call the Lanett Police Department at (334) 644-2146. You can remain anonymous.
Police are encouraging residents to be on guard as always. Lock your doors and keep an eye out for suspicious activity near your homes.
If you see something that makes you feel uncomfortable, call police as soon as possible.