A family’s search for closure: Sisters lead effort to have 1980s Ringgold homicide case reopened

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / LaVonda Croft Deloney holds a photo of homicide victim Kim Croft as Cheryl Croft reads a statement at the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office on Thursday. Deloney and Cheryl Croft are the victim's sisters.
Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / LaVonda Croft Deloney holds a photo of homicide victim Kim Croft as Cheryl Croft reads a statement at the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office on Thursday. Deloney and Cheryl Croft are the victim's sisters.


The family gathering at the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office headquarters had the hugs, tears and the whispered, comforting words of a funeral.

But instead of a recent loss, about 10 members of the Croft family came together Thursday to seek justice for Kim Croft, who was raped, beaten and strangled in...

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