7.09.2012

Who Murdered Erika Megan Sharpton?

The body of 24-year-old Erika Megan Sharpton was found burning on a grass patch along Awalt Road -- northwest of Winchester, Tenn. last week. This gruesome case has already been ruled a homicide, but the details behind it are very thin. There are no known suspects, and up until recently her car was still missing. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) is assisting with local authorities on this case, as they do with crimes of this nature often. But their success rate with solving murders and cases of missing women in the state isn't really high. That's a shame because in the past two decades alone the state of Tennessee has been home to some downright bizarre and horrendous unsolved crimes involving women under the age of 30.

The location of Erika Megan Sharpton's body lies about two hours from Darden -- where Holly Bobo vanished in April of 2011. This case is also unsolved, and in the same region as the 1999 unsolved disappearance of Kristie Baugus Moon -- who has never been located but presumed to had been fed to pigs by her former boyfriend. Why does this region appear to be so lawless when it comes to women? Do investigators simply not look into them the way they should?

Only time will tell, but police say they are diligently working to solve this case. Do you believe them?

There are many questions to be posed in this:


  • Did Erika Sharpton have a boyfriend? 
More often than not, the victims of homicide -- especially women -- are victimized by their significant other or someone they were once with romantically. She could have been the victim of a domestic altercation gone too far. The cause of death was blunt force trauma -- meaning someone beat her to death with either their fists or a foreign object. This is often the choice way of homicide between lovers or those who are close to one another in some fashion. It also indicates that the crime occurred in a fit of rage, as opposed to being premeditated. 

  • Did Erika Sharpton have a safe lifestyle?
It's unfortunate, but sometimes a person's lifestyle makes them more vulnerable to homicide and attacks such as this one. She could have been running around the wrong types of people, could have been involved with drugs or the human trafficking scene. What kind of lifestyle did Erika live?

It's also highly likely that this is a random slaying, though the level of care taken to dispose of her body seems a bit off in that aspect. She was murdered and left burning on the side of the road where she could easily be discovered. This seems like a message was being sent to someone, but what message and to whom?  



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12 comments:

ljs0702 said...

Glad i came across your sight. I check the net twice a day for updates on Megan's case. Thanks. To add to the missing list. Shelley Jones Mook, 24, from Shelbyville Tn.

lynne said...

Was Megan a nursing student? I was reading that Holly Bobo was a nursing student. Maybe there is a connection with the school.

Anonymous said...

She was a nursing student

Anonymous said...

I suspect these crimes were done by a jealous female. Perhaps someone who feels threatened by their youth, goals to be nurses, and who is perhaps married to a man who knows the young girls and feels he might be attracted to them. A teacher perhaps. I suspect if you check, the girls have both spoken to friends and family about a female spouse of a teacher who was inappropriately involved at the school. This is why the crimes are almost a year apart. New semesters....I'm no psychic, (however I like to try) but I am a nurse and I know how students can be innocently fond of their teachers. I also know that male nurses usually are verv kind and friendly and honest and in a world of internet porn where many wives feel replaced, the attentions of a young student could be threatening. I saw this story on Nancy Grace today. This is how I heard of it.

Anonymous said...

Holly Bobo and Megan Sharpton did not attend the same nursing school, so I am thinking the above scenario is incorrect.

Anonymous said...

worth looking at teaching staff at the places where Holly and Megan were enrolled. might not be the same school, but might have a teacher, janitor, other student in common. Maybe some guy not enrolled but seen hanging around both schools. If this is a serial killer, he figured out that asking a nursing student to help him works, so he stalks and finds young women that are more likely to fall for his b.s. lines. It worked for Ted Bundy to act injured and needing help.

Tyler Casey said...

premeditated and personal...[three forks bridge]<----any significance here?. Discovery of the Mustang should propell the investigation...but speculating w/o having a legitimate timeline is quite difficult. I'm more inclined to know if she was killed AT Awalt rd, or somewhere else--then taken to Awalt rd...and how far from the road are we talking about? 15yrds? 50? w/e the case; burning a body in broad daylight, near the road is exactly what you said---->sending a message...someone was very angry with this girl.

Anonymous said...

hmmm...interesting tyler... are you assuming three victims??? a lovers triangle??? what's you interest in three forks bridge?

Carl Maxwell said...

This case will still left unsolved until the authorities will not make any big steps to solve this problem. i consulted my <a href="http://www.ljones-law.com/law firm in houston</a> and said that the problem why it is left unsolved is because of the slow phase action of the investigator. I hope that the family of the victim will find justice for their daughter.

Anonymous said...

That theory sounds really crazy.

Anonymous said...

In response to Tyler Casey, the area where her body was is right on the side of the road certainly no more than 15 feet from the road. The body wasn't burning in daylight, it was found just after 1 a.m. This is a frequented fishing spot or parking spot for local fishermen. Investigators have found a new lead in this case. http://www.newschannel5.com/story/19255872/investigators-get-lead-in-murder-case
My question is why did it take this long for them to get cadaver dogs to the scene?

Anonymous said...

She goes by Megan and she did not have a promiscuous, drug addicted lifestyle just a young girl trying to make it in this sick world of creeps. Keep watching, the investigators are doing their job and will have answers for everyone VERY soon. ;)