It’s now been a year since local mother Tiffany Foster left her Newnan apartment to go shopping and never came home.
Despite a year of searching, Foster, now 36, is still missing.
“It has been a long hard journey for us, and this has devastated our family,” said Foster’s mother, Katrina Hill.
“We know and we feel that someone out there knows something. I feel that they should put themselves in our shoes, and if it was them – they would want someone to speak up and help find their loved one,” Hill said.
The investigation into Foster’s disappearance remains very much active. Foster, also known as Tiffany Starks, lived at Creekside at White Oak apartments in Newnan, off Bullsboro Drive at Lakeside Way.
“As of Feb. 17, approximately 52 search warrants and court orders have been executed during the investigation into Tiffany Foster’s disappearance, resulting in 152 pieces of evidence being collected,” said Toby Nix, public information officer for the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.
There have been 21 items sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for fingerprinting/DNA testing, Nix said. There are 89 pieces of evidence stored at the CCSO, and there have been 13 cellphone data extractions pertaining to the case.
The most recent search warrant was executed Feb. 15, Nix said, and the most recent piece of evidence was submitted to the GBI on Jan. 24.
Of the items submitted to the GBI for analysis, the CCSO is awaiting results on 13 of them, Nix said.
“All credible leads are being followed to their conclusion,” he said.
During the course of the investigations, three arrests have been made – but none of them have been for crimes related to Foster’s disappearance.
Foster’s fiancé, Reginald Robertson, is currently being held at the Coweta County Jail on charges related to an incident that allegedly took place in November of 2020. He is charged with kidnapping, with Foster as the victim. Nix said the evidence of the November 2020 incident was uncovered during the investigation of Foster’s disappearance. The other two arrests were of people that law enforcement came into contact with while investigating the case, but the arrests were not related to Foster’s disappearance.
Foster’s car, a dark blue 2020 Nissan Altima, was found March 8 in College Park, with many of her personal belongings, including a purse and credit card – but not her phone – inside. She had texted her mother on March 1, and that was the last text sent on her phone, according to Newnan Times-Herald news reports at the time. Her phone last showed as active on March 1, 2021 at 2:58 p.m. just north of Amlajack Boulevard, according to Foster’s file with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
Inv. Scott Kilgore said in late March that the evidence that was found, coupled with Foster’s lifestyle and the lack of communication with family “would lead us to believe that there may have been some type of foul play.”
Robertson was initially arrested and charged with “theft by taking auto” after investigators reportedly learned he moved her car after she was reported missing. However, Robertson is no longer charged with the auto theft. The CCSO has not detailed the reasons why the charges are no longer in effect.
Multiple agencies have assisted in the investigation, said Nix, including the Newnan, Senoia and LaGrange police departments, the Troup and Meriwether county sheriff’s offices, the GBI, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Department of Homeland Security, Nix said. The CCSO has contacted multiple agencies in Georgia, as well as agencies in New York and Tennessee, when human remains have been located, he said.
Foster’s family has also stayed busy. “We get out every day doing something to try and find Tiffany,” Hill said. And others are helping.
She said she meets frequently with investigators. “We’re more like family now, we see and talk to them all of the time,” Hill said.
On Saturday, family and friends passed out fliers in LaGrange about Foster. Family and friends raise awareness, share on social media and get out and search. There is also a “searching for Tiffany Foster” Facebook group.
They want to make sure to keep her name and face in the public eye, Hill said. “We’re not giving up until Tiffany is brought home – and we get closure.”
Foster has three children, an 18-year-old-son, 15-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son. “As a family, we’re trying to hold it together for each other. We just have to pray and keep our faith and keep moving,” Hill said.
“We need closure, and I know a lot of people are praying. We appreciate the people that are praying for us, and trying to help us locate Tiffany,” she said.
And she hopes that someone will come forward with the information that could lead to finding her daughter.
“We need to find Tiffany and everything else will fall into place,” Hill said. “We are begging people – if they know something, say something. If they saw something, say something. Because no family needs to go through this,” she said.
“And someone is out there who has a missing piece, who knows something,” she said.
There is currently a $60,000 reward for information that leads to the safe return of Foster. There is a $35,000 reward for information which leads to the prosecution of the person responsible for Tiffany’s disappearance.
Foster is described as being 5-foot-2 and 220 pounds. She cut her hair quite short a few months before her disappearance, according to a Facebook post, and commonly wore a wig. She has a heart-shaped tattoo on her right back shoulder, according to her case file with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Tiffany Foster should contact CCSO Investigator Scott Kilgore at 770-253-1502 or email@example.com .