America's Most Wanted will feature area murder


Published: Friday, January 16, 2009 at 7:35 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 16, 2009 at 7:35 a.m.

A Columbia County murder will be featured on an upcoming episode of the television show "America's Most Wanted." Producers for the program were in northern Columbia County this week filming a dramatization of the shooting death of convenience store clerk Linda Raulerson.

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Columbia County murder suspect

The 55-year-old Raulerson was murdered during an armed robbery on July 22 inside the Joy America Food Store on U.S. 441 North, near I-10.

Based on evidence at the scene, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office determined that a man walked into the store brandishing a small handgun and demanded money. Raulerson was shot once in the arm and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. Before walking out, the man fired a second, fatal round into Raulerson.

The suspect was described as a black male, 25 to 35 years old, standing 5 feet 10 to 6 feet 2 inches tall,with an average build. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, white sneakers and long shorts during the shooting. Investigators are also looking for a 1993 to 1995 model, four-door, Buick Regal with white paint and black trim.

It was not immediately known when the episode on Raulerson's murder would air on the television program.

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