Three years after a Dothan businesswoman was murdered, the
trail to her killer remains cold. Grace
Bridges Dedert, 69, was shot in 2010 at her furniture store on South Park
Avenue. A customer found Mrs. Dedert's body when they went into the store to
Dothan Police Investigator Cpl. Robert Cole is heavily involved in the investigation and says just because leads have grown cold, it doesn't mean efforts to find Dedert's killer have ceased. "The main reason we won't let this one go is because the type of person she was," the officer said. "She would basically give you the shirt off her back. She would give you twenty dollars if you needed it without hesitation."
Cole said he believes someone out there knows who the killer is. "It's really aggravating because of that. We want to see this come to a resolution with someone in jail just like any other cold case we have. It does hit so dear to a lot of us," he said.
"It was the worst day of my life," said daughter Wendy Northington. It doesn't seem real. I remember the yellow crime tape and the police. I wanted to just break in there and get my mother, but I couldn't," .
Those familiar with the case say several leads have been followed including trying to link her death to an Atlanta murder case. Those efforts have proven unsuccessful.
Cole is hoping the anniversary of Dedert's death will help generate new leads in the case. Police encourage anyone with info to call Crime Stoppers at (334) 793-7000.