The mother of Ericka Megan Sharpton claims that there is a particular person of interest in their small Tennessee town who has made contact with her family. She is "terrified" of the man, claiming that the contact he made with the mother of the slain teen has been "threatening." The name of this person isn't being released due to the integrity of the investigation, but it's apparent this person has the slain girl's family concerned.
Ericka Megan Sharpton was found dead on the side of a rural road in a grassy area. She had been beaten to death and her body set on fire in a display of depravity that has residents of the area chilled to the bone. If this person of interest is the one responsible for the horrific murder of the 24-year-old woman, then it's surprising that he hasn't yet been arrested. The mother of the murdered woman feels the same way. She can't understand why the guy hasn't been arrested.
Everyone in the little town of Tullahoma is holding this case close to their chests, but why? Is it because of how small of a town it is? It seems that small town mentalities either try to protect their own or hide details to protect the reputation of the area. Anytime a gruesome case like this pops up in the headlines out of Tennessee or another southern region, it seems that the details are quickly sealed and names are very seldom released. Will any of this help in the murder of Ericka Sharpton, or is it only going to hinder justice?
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