Coroner identifies clerk found dead at Alabaster gas station

Published: Oct. 31, 2016 at 6:16 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 31, 2016 at 10:11 PM CDT
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ALABASTER, AL (WBRC) - The Shelby County Coroner has identified the clerk found dead at the Kirkland Chevron gas station in Alabaster on Sunday.

Coroner Diana Steele New said Tracie Lattay Algar, 54, from Pelham, was found shot to death at her workplace on Sunday, Oct. 30. A customer found Algar's body at the gas station.

Police are investigating Algar's death as a homicide. Her body was taken to the Department of Forensic Science in Montgomery.

Alabaster police are looking for a person of interest described as a five-foot-nine-inch black male weighing 220-230 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt, black pants or dark colored jeans and a black fedora hat.

Police say he was in the area between 10:45-11:30 a.m. and may have been jogging southbound on the northbound side of Highway 31.

Investigators said that Algar had been working at the store for about a year. Residents who knew her are heartbroken.

"I'd take the kids down. And we'd buy candy and you know she was real friendly. We shared grandparent pictures and shots of our family. And she was just a joy," said resident Jennifer Collum.

Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney said this case is "very disturbing."

"This is our first homicide that we've had in six years and it's devastating to us at the police department. Our prayers go out to the family of the deceased. we will work diligently until the people responsible for this are brought to justice," Rigney said.

He's asking for the public's help solving the case. The department posted the following on its Facebook page:

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