Reward offered for information in teacher murder case

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New Brockton (WTVY)-- Criminal investigators are hopeful $5,000 in reward money will help the solve the recent murder of an Enterprise school teacher.

Authorities discuss the murder of school teacher Sara Starr in this November 28, 2017 photo. Pictured (L-R) are Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton, Coffee County District Attorney Tom Anderson, and Coffee County Chief Deputy R.W. Whitworth.

“I hope somebody has that tidbit of information that will lead us to Sara Starr’s killer. I will be happy to award them the money,” Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton said Thursday. He publicly thanked Governor Kay Ivey and her staff for allotting the funds.

Co-workers of Starr at Harrand Creek Elementary School in Enterprise went to her home along Coffee County Highway 436 November 27 after she failed to show up for work. They found her dead of a shotgun wound. Investigators quickly determined she was murdered.

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, State Bureau of Investigation, FBI, Enterprise Police Department and other law enforcement agencies are working the case. Sutton said two officers in his department are assigned to it full-time.

District Attorney Tom Anderson is optimistic arrests will be made. “We feel like we’re going in the right direction.” He wouldn’t elaborate.

Following Starr’s death several people, including one described as a person of interest, were questioned. Sutton said there is currently a short suspect list.

Recently divorced, Starr was a mother of four—two sets of twins. The Department of Resources have custody of the children, ages 12 and seven.

Not a day goes by, Anderson said, he doesn’t think about them.

“(Ms. Starr) had four kids, I have three. It tugs at your heartstrings.”
Anderson also thinks about students in her classroom who lost their teacher.

Sutton urges anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office or any law enforcement agency.