Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police: Fight over Man Leaves 1 Dead; Family of Sara Odum Still Has Few Answers in Death of Brantley Woman

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police: Fight over Man Leaves 1 Dead; Family of Sara Odum Still Has Few Answers in Death of Brantley Woman

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Byline: Joshua Sharpe

HOBOKEN, GA. | The house is set deep in the dirt roads and pine rows of Brantley County.

It was buzzing with life on Wednesday: kids yelling, anxiously awaiting a 10-year-old's birthday cake to be cut and numerous friends and extended family members stopping by to visit.

But, beneath the happiness and the buzz of life, there was devastating sadness over the death of one of their own, Sara Elizabeth "Beth" Odum.

Odum, 29, died Monday night in Offerman after what the Sheriff's Department says was an argument with Kelly Comeau, 23, of Patterson, over a man - Odum's current boyfriend and Comeau's former boyfriend. Odum, the sheriff said, died after as a result of involvement with Comeau's car.

Comeau was arrested and taken to the Pierce County Jail, where she was being held without bail. She has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct, Pierce County Sheriff-elect Ramsey Bennett said.

Bennett said because Odum's body hasn't yet returned from the crime lab, he can't speak to whether Odum was hit by the vehicle, fell from it or was thrown from it. All he can say is that the vehicle was "somehow involved" in the death.

And family members desperately want this to be cleared up so they can better understand.

They thought they'd have answers on Wednesday but never got them, either from the Sheriff's Department or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, both of which are investigating. Bennett says he still isn't sure when the body will come back.

Odum's mother, Frances Hopton, has contacted her daughter's boyfriend hoping he might provide some answers but has not received a response.

'JUST WANT TO KNOW'

Wednesday afternoon she sat on the screened-in porch of her home and talked about her daughter's life and death. She talked about her life through tears and love and her death through frustration. …

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