STARR, Sara Elizabeth Shubert

Sara Elizabeth Shubert Starr

Birth: March 14, 1979
Death: November 27, 2017


Sara Elizabeth Shubert Starr, age 38, of Chancellor, AL, passed away, Monday, November 27, 2017.

Services will be held at a later date in Ogallah, KS.

Sara Elizabeth’s children were the loves of her life. She loved them more than anything else. She loved her parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members. Teaching was always her dream. She excelled in the classroom and was loved by her students. Photography was one of her many interests.

Survivors include her four children, Grace and Hattie Starr; Cooper and Katie Starr; her mother and step-father, Rhonda and Bob Whisler, WaKeeney, KS; three brothers, Shawn Shubert (Mindy) Sioux Falls, SD; Jason Whisler (Dr. Laura) Mulvane, KS; Ted Whisler (Kayla) Phoenix, AZ; her sister, April Stoppelman (Scott) Clearwater, MN; maternal grandmother, Twila Beydler; paternal grandmother, Helen Shubert; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her father, Michael Shubert and grandfathers, Bernie Beydler and Elvin Shubert.

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Criminal Details
Michelle Mann – Nov 28, 2017

Woman identified in Coffee County murder

The death of an Enterprise schoolteacher is being called “murder” Coffee County law officers said at news conference held Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office.

Twelfth Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Anderson, Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton and CCSO Chief Deputy Ronnie Whitworth held the news conference to provide a law enforcement update on the events surrounding the death of Sara Starr, 36, who was discovered dead in her home on Coffee County Road 647 Monday, Nov. 27.

Preliminary indications are that Starr’s death occurred sometime after 6:30 a.m. Nov. 27, “but an autopsy is being performed and an investigation is continuing,” Anderson said.

Sutton said that his department had first been contacted at approximately 8:30 a.m. Nov. 27 when Starr had been found dead in her home. The death was initially reported to authorities as a “possible suicide” but no weapon was found.

Sutton said that investigators from the district attorney’s office were contacted. Also assisting in the investigation were officers from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Enterprise and Dothan Police Departments, he said.

“We’re not AT liberty to say a lot but one of the key factors that turned this into a homicide investigation instead of a possible suicide is that the death was an apparent gunshot wound to the head and no firearm was recovered from the scene,” Anderson said. “So you tell me what occurred.”

Anderson confirmed that a “person of interest” is being investigated. “There are also open avenues still under consideration for any other separate or additional potential suspects,” he said.

“Search warrants have been obtained and currently being executed,” Anderson added. “I just can’t go into greater details because it could compromise the nature of the investigation and the efforts of the sheriff’s office.”

Starr was a fourth grade teacher at Harrand Creek Elementary School and the mother of “at least” four children, Anderson said.

Starr is originally from Kansas and has lived in the area for more than 10 years, Anderson said. Her parents have been contacted.

Anderson said that he “highly doubts” that Starr’s children were present when the murder occurred. Officials from the Department of Human Resources and law enforcement investigators have interviewed the children.

Sutton said the children’s father, who lives in Coffee County, has been in contact with authorities.

Four of Starr’s children attend two Enterprise City Schools and both schools had been placed on soft lockdown for several hours Nov. 27. Sutton said that was part of standard operating procedure when a child is involved. “It was just for safety’S sake.

“We had contacted DHR and told them where the children were. We put our action plan together and we went after the children to make sure they were safe,” Sutton said. “In the meantime the schools went into soft lockdown status.”

“There is no indication that any student of Enterprise City School system was ever at risk,” Anderson stressed. “Nor do we believe that they will be at risk because of this event.”

“The investigation will continue until we get more evidence of what happened here,” Sutton said.

“And there won’t be any stone left unturned,” said Anderson. “I can assure you of that.”

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Criminal Details
WTVY News 4 – Nov 28, 2017

Woman identified in Coffee County murder

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Office has identified the woman shot to death at her home.

Starr was a 4th grade teacher at the school.

Her bio says she is the mother of 4 children and also has a step-child.

Originally from Kansas, Starr has been in Alabama for 10 years.

WTVY’s Ken Curtis is in Coffee County and will have a update on Live at Lunch.

[UPDATE: 11/28/2017 at 10:45:16 AM]

The Coffee County Sheriff will hold a press conference at 10:30AM on the murder of a woman Monday.

Deputies tell WTVY they know the identity of the victim but her name can’t be released pending notification of family which is out-of-state.

An Enterprise parent reported to WTVY that the local school system had sent out a voicemail message saying that grief counselors would be at schools today.

[UPDATE: 11/27/2017 at 1:34:16 PM]

All Enterprise schools have been taken off of the soft lockdown.

The schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution after a murder victim was found nearby.

The investigation began when the victim failed to show up for work.

The name of the victim has not yet been released.


The Coffee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide.

Investigators are not releasing any details at this time, but two Enterprise schools have been placed on soft lock-down as a precaution.

They are Pinedale Elementary and Coppinville Junior High schools.

We have a reporter on the way and will bring you updates as we learn more.

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