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South Alabama mother, teacher found fatally shot

Updated: Nov. 29, 2017 at 1:01 PM CST
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ENTERPRISE, AL (WSFA) - Coffee County officials are investigating the death of an Enterprise elementary school teacher as a homicide.

Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton identified the victim as Sarah Starr - a Harrand Creek Elementary School fourth grade teacher.

On Monday morning deputies responded to a report of a suicide at a home on County Road 647, Sutton says. When they arrived, they found Starr laying in the carport with a gunshot wound to the head and determined it wasn't a suicide. No weapon was found.

Sutton says the principal of Harrand Creek Elementary sent two people to the house to see why Starr didn't show up for work Monday morning. The school employees found Starr's body and called police.

Deputies have identified a person of interest in the case and have executed search warrants at the person's home.

Starr is the mother of two sets of twins. The children spent the night at their father's home and weren't home at the time of the shooting. Sutton said the children are in the custody of the Department of Human Resources.

Two schools were placed on a soft lockdown Monday because officials couldn't locate the children's father, according to the sheriff. Later, one of the assisting agencies located the father with his lawyer.

A motive for Starr's death hasn't been released.

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