Taft Murder Scene Turned Back Over To Homeowner

Raleigh police say they have released the crime scene where Kathy Taft was murdered more than 2-1/2 weeks ago. Since March 6th, the home on Cartier Drive has been secured with crime scene tape as police investigate the State Board of Education member's murder.

Taft was found severely beaten at a friend's home and died three days later at WakeMed. Last Friday night Raleigh police held an informational checkpoint in the neighborhood so fliers on the Taft murder could be handed out to motorists who might have been in the area at the time of the murder.

There have been no arrests yet in the Greenville woman's death, and police say no additional updates can be released in their investigation.


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Friday night Raleigh police set up checkpoints in the neighborhood where Kathy Taft was murdered two weeks ago.

There's no word on whether the checkpoint produced any new information.

Taft, a member of the State Board of Education, was assaulted while spending the night in a friend's home on Cartier Drive, The Greenville woman died three days later at a Raleigh hospital.

Police say the informational checkpoint was near the intersection of Oberlin Road and Cartier Drive. A flier was distributed to motorists passing through the area asking them for any information concerning Taft's murder.

Police say checkpoints like these are an "investigative technique" Raleigh police use to gather information from those who regularly travel through an area.

Taft's family has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the identity and conviction of those responsible for her murder.


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  • by LEO Location: ENC on Mar 25, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    As a police officer, I would not try to tell the plumber , electrician or doctor how to do his job. Just because all of you folks may be good at whatever your profession is, it doesn't mean you know the first thing about investigating an unattended death incident. When the Raleigh police are ready to tell all you arm chair detectives what happened, they will. Sit back and take a chill pill while the real life CSI personnel do their job. Too much TV about the police has ruined any ideas of what real police do and how long it takes to do it. The real factual account will probably surprise all of us.
  • by to Puzzled on Mar 25, 2010 at 05:57 AM
    If she had a seizure related to the surgury it could easily be possible.
  • by puzzled on Mar 24, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    Botched surgery? I don't think so. We know after surgery she was able to return to where she was staying. No minor plastic surgery procedures would require brain surgery as it was reported she underwent. I'm more concerned about the length of time she was unattended. If my sister is going to require assistance or someone with her after a procedure I would check on her or at least be able to narrow the time down for the police a little more as to when she was last ok vs sometime at night vs early am.
  • by wondering Location: ENC on Mar 24, 2010 at 03:28 PM
    I am leaning towards the same explanation as "Odd". A botched surgery covered up...
  • by Odd Location: ENC on Mar 24, 2010 at 10:19 AM
    This is turning into a weird one. No signs of foul play anywhere. No one realized she had been attacked.... until the doctor who performed her surgery said so. What if she was not attacked at all.... but rather had a bad reaction to surgery? Thoughts anyone?
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2010 at 09:02 AM
    To all who complain about the lack of information: the Taft family deserves justice far more than you deserve water-cooler gossip. Let the police do their job. And for all you who claim that "Andy Taylor" and "Barney Fife" could do a better job, think about this: it's not hard to be a cop when your biggest crime wave is Otis on a Saturday night. Frankly, I think our LEOs do a great job. Give them some space to do it in.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Mar 24, 2010 at 08:46 AM
    I am disappointed to hear about the "informational checkpoint". They likely have nothing because a tactic like that is grasping at the shortest of straws. Sad.
  • by Anonymous Location: Rockville, MD on Mar 22, 2010 at 01:08 PM
    This is ridiculous, why don't they come out and say if there was a sign of a break in or what! What weapon was used, where was the sister at the time, could not have been alseep, come on!!
  • by Avid Reader Location: eastern NC on Mar 22, 2010 at 10:42 AM
    Perhaps I read too much, but does it not occur to anyone else that the police may know much more than their actions indicate? Perhaps there is a genuine method to what most of you posters see as madness. It certainly is not criminal for the Raleigh PD to remain silent until they are positive about the identity of the murderer. Maybe the checkpoint was just a smokescreen. Maybe those of us not personally involved should, at this point, let the professionals do their jobs without constant critiquing from the "peanut gallery"........
  • by Marylou Location: Greenville on Mar 22, 2010 at 09:21 AM
    What's up here???? The public has been kept in the dark about this case, now a checkpoint?? I would also say Andy Griffith and Barney Fife could do a better job than what I see, too many unanswered questions, WITN was all over the story, now seems like not such a hot story after all. When you get the facts, REPORT it.
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