By WAYNE THOMAS
Franklin County investigators along with a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent are continuing to follow up on leads in the murder of 24-year-old Erika Megan Sharpton of Tullahoma.
A passing driver discovered her burning body off Awalt Road in Franklin County in the early morning hours of July 1.
Since the discovery of the body investigators have questioned numerous individuals and have found a number of pieces of evidence, among them the victim’s pink purse that was discovered in Rock Creek in the Estill Springs area.
“We have sent the evidence to the TBI Crime Lab for analysis,” Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller said.
Still to be determined is where and in which county Megan was killed by “blunt force trauma,” according to the preliminary autopsy report.
Last Saturday her family and friends gathered to say goodbye and hold a celebration of life for the young woman.
Megan was last seen Sunday, July 1.
“We are asking that anyone who saw her that day to contact the sheriff’s department or the TBI,” Fuller said.
“We ask that anyone with information regarding Megan’s red Ford Mustang that was abandoned in the middle of Three Forks Bridge Road in Bedford County to contact the sheriff’s department,” he said. “We regard this as vital information in this case.”
Fuller added that his investigators are working with authorities in Bedford and Coffee counties in the murder investigation.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department at 931-967-2331 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
According to Megan’s mother, Kelly Hale, her family has begun a reward fund at American City Bank that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Megan’s death.
The account will be set up beginning Thursday.
“I wish I knew the answers and am praying every day that something will lead us in the right direction,” Hale wrote in a Facebook message to The News. “Just make sure everyone knows she was worth looking for answers for. She would have been an excellent nurse and was our shiny, lovely sister and daughter and our hearts remain broken into a thousand tiny pieces. Please keep her voice alive … she was a gift to our town and this world.”