WCSO Cold Case is investigating the 1988 murder of Elbert Starkes

From the Walton Tribune

Note: Each month, The Walton Tribune, with the assistance of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, is highlight a current cold case. Please contact the WCSO if you have any information on these unsolved cases.

This month the focus is on the 1988 case of Elbert Starkes.

On Feb 2, 1988, the Monroe Police Department responded to a 911 call regarding a possible homicide at 429 North Broad Street, Monroe.

A neighbor of the resident, Elbert Starkes, had entered Starkes’ residence and found Starkes lying on the floor of his bedroom, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

Starkes’ son was present in the residence and told officers that he had witnessed an unknown black male shoot his father after which the suspect fled.

The MPD immediately initiated an active homicide investigation, calling in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for assistance. Subsequent investigation determined that a significant amount of Starkes’ personal belongings were missing, including a .357 calibre revolver.

A number of positive leads were immediately developed and acted upon without positive results. After several months the case went “cold,” remaining so to the present. Recently, information was developed that a resident of Monroe known on the street as “Gator” may have information of value to the investigation.

Anyone with knowledge of this homicide or the identity of “Gator” should contact Walton County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Michael Rising at 770-266-1558 and leave a message or email Investigator Rising at michael.rising@co.walton.ga.us. All contacts will be kept confidential.

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