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03/22/04

Reward Offered in Sharpe Murder

Investigators are still looking for leads in the Friday afternoon murder of a store clerk. It happened outside of Hazlehurst, in Jeff Davis County. Sheriff Jimmy Boatright has offered a reward in hopes cold cash will help solve the murder of someone everyone called Granny. 

Flowers sit in the chair where Mary Lee Sharpe would greet customers outside her store. Some of them were still finding out Monday that the 73-year-old clerk had been killed.

"I'd come by two or three times a day and there was always people out front here talking to her, buying a soda, a beer or something," said neighbor Gary Runnels.

The store may be the biggest thing in the Altamaha community, besides the empty fire station. When Sharpe did go to Hazlehurst, everybody called her Granny. A customer found her dead inside the store Friday. "We've pinpointed this happening between 1:30 and 2:00 Friday afternoon," said Sheriff Boatright. "We can place her alive at 1:30 and 2:00 she was found."

Even though investigators found money in her pocket, they think robbery was the motive. They say she died from several blows to the head. They've now offered a $10,000 reward for information. "There was no sense in it," said Boatright. "She wouldn't hurt a flea and it's an unfortunate situation. She was badly mistreated."

Gary Runnels thinks the killer had to be from out of town cause no one who knew Granny could have ever done this. Sharpe's funeral services were held this afternoon in Hazlehurst.

If you think you know anything about this case, you're asked to call the Jeff Davis Sheriff's Department or your local authorities.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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