MOORESBURG (WATE) – Family and friends of a retired school teacher who was found dead outside her home are offering a reward.
Margaret Jack Sliger, 79, was killed in May. Her family and friends raised money through donations from the community and are now offering a reward worth nearly $4,000 for information which leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.
“It’s been really, really hard on me. I had a real hard time trying to sleep,” said Bessie Mae Livesay, Sliger’s aunt.
Sliger was found murdered in her backyard. The killer is still on the loose, which has put the community on high alert.
“I know the person who did this is out there some place and I want them found because I don’t want this swept under the rug because she was too great of a person for that,” said Livesay.
Hawkins County sheriff’s investigators said one of the problems they’ve run into with the case is that they have too many suspects and it’s been tough narrowing them down. Family and friends of Sliger hope the reward will help.
The news also came as a big loss to Sliger’s former students.
“They may think they’ve gotten away, but truthfully they ain’t because they will face God one day for what they did and God will be their judge,” said Ann Atkins, a former student.
Sliger was known to many as a beloved icon in the community, adding that any information, big or small, could help in the investigation.
“I’m just hoping now that they’re going to find who did this. It won’t bring her back, but it will give some closure to it,” said Livesay.
They are urging anyone with information to contact the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office at (423) 272-4848.
Donations can be made to Citizens Bank and Trust, 1131 Lee Highway, in Bean Station.
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