- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Virginia Rogers James is still hoping for answers and an arrest 25 years after someone broke into her grandmother’s Chattanooga home and killed her.

Rogers told WRCB-TV in Chattanooga (https://bit.ly/1pflWkj) that the anniversary of the death of Mena Ritchie is hard to deal with every year, but she’s hoping someone will step forward with the information to solve the case.

“It’s a crying week and a trying week,” she said.

Rogers found her grandmother dead on July 24, 1989 in the home where 69-year-old lived alone. Police say it appears someone was looking for cash that Ritchie was rumored to have hidden. In the wake of the slaying, police combed through the house in search of clues.

Police Sgt. Bill Phillips said any information could be the key to solving the long-standing puzzle and are hoping the anniversary brings someone forward.

Phillips, who has spent 20 years investigating homicides, has met with the family during that time, cried and laughed with them as they tried to piece together the puzzle of what happened.

“I believe that local people know what happened,” Phillips said.

Rogers has been back to the home, a house her father built in 1941, just once since her mother was murdered.

“I have big sticks under my doors, I have a big stick under my bed. I haven’t taken a gun class, yet. And I dream of seeing people in my house,” Rogers said. “I write down names that people say. I think about people that I think maybe could have done it. I just think about her and how much we miss her.”

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Information from: WRCB-TV, https://www.wrcbtv.com/


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