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Erika Megan Sharpton, called Megan by her family and friends set out the evening of July 1 to interview for a new job on her only day off.
At 24, Megan was committed to her education in her nursing program and she was anxious to secure a position in line with her studies and gain some relevant experience.
Megan’s partially charred remains were discovered by a motorist at 1:18AM the morning of July 2, 2012 while observing what he thought was a holiday brush fire. Megan was doused with gasoline and set ablaze very shortly before.
Mercifully, she was deceased by that time and investigators believe she met her end somewhere else. The reporter of the grass fire who backed up twice into the gravel pull off area for a closer look identity has not been released.
Finding Megan was the start of the discovery of a deadly lure by a man who is no stranger to the law, and investigators know his identity.
Speaking on the sole condition of anonymity, a source has confirmed to www.blinkoncrime.com that Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Franklin County Sheriffs Department (FCSD) and law enforcement personnel from surrounding Coffee and Bedford counties have identified a suspect based on a forensic match to evidence found at the scene.
The starry and promising young woman who used to donate items and volunteer for programs that support the underprivileged and homeless was beaten, sexually assaulted and burned from her nude waist down. While several reports of her cause of death indicate blunt force trauma, investigators have not released additional details that would likely only be known to the suspect.
S. Christina Stoy, Editor In Chief, reached Kelly Hale Sharpton earlier today and asked the bereaved mother if she had been given the information about a DNA match to a suspect.
..”The FCPD has asked that we do not discuss any of the case sensitive details publicly so I cannot address your question directly. I will say that I met with the prosecutor Michael Taylor and expressed my great concern that an arrest be made immediately based on information I was told. He declined and I showed him a picture of Megan and I and told him he could not allow this to happen to someone else and this was Megan’s way of stopping this and I am frustrated with the decision to wait for an indictment of the man who murdered my child. Chief Fuller and Det Chris Guess have been a phenomenal support and I trust them without reservation and I believe they are equally frustrated..”
Megan had two star tattoos on her neck to honor her siblings, as well as three others. She had refused a potential job offer last Fall because her sister was expecting and she was concerned that she would have to leave immediately if she were to go into labor.
When Megan’s mother Kelly saw a post on facebook about the woman found at the base of the bridge had star tattoos, she immediately knew it was her child.
Megan fought her attacker like a banshee. A t 5’9″ banshee was no match. (more…)
Don’t miss Editor In Chief Blink, www.blinkoncrime.com discussing 2011′s most sensational and haunting true crime cases with national radio Host Dana Pretzer TONIGHT at 9PM EST. (Podcast below)
Special Guest, RED, featured political columnist and owner of www.scaredmonkeys.com at 9:50 PM.
January- David Anthony Durham shoots police officer after playing hookie from work in anticipation for an arrest, his house is located in the grid search for missing 7 year old Kyron Horman. **Unsolved, **Unrecovered
February- “Onda” Chris George- featured in a cold case investigative report in November 2010, Chris was recovered on February 21, 2011 . **Unresolved Possible Homicide
April 1 2011- Successful prosecution and life sentence of James Hattaway. No April Fools joke. Hattaway, a suspect in the disappearances of Onda Chris George, and Tracy Ocasio, was convicted of attempted murder of Rachael Clark .
The alarming violent abduction of 20 year old student Holly Bobo. Miss Bobo has not been located and their have been no updates by the TBI in her case for several months. No named person of interest in the case. **Unsolved, **Unrecovered
May- Terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is executed upon refusal to surrender by US Navy Seals.
May/July- The trial of Casey Anthony resulting in her acquittal in all changes except 4 counts of lying to police. Ms. Anthony has been renamed the C-word by www.blinkoncrime.com and recently released her first video diary as a blonde with a really bad cut.
June- Disappearance of Jacque Waller, wife of former cop and general con man Clay Waller. Jacque has not been recovered, but Clay is in prison on unrelated charges currently and the couple’s children are in the custody of Jacque’s family. According to Clay’s dad , he has already confessed to her murder.
June -Successful prosecution resulting in a life sentence for the murder of Christine Sheddy, a 5 part cold case series developed in 2010 and featured on BOC for the purposes of progressing her case. Justen Hadel, one of the primary suspects in the case ending up confessing, and our information was correct that Christine was murdered on the Byrd road property. I spent a day on in 105 degree weather followed by a mini-hurricane on this hell-hole property I will never forget. I continue to seek justice in the hope a prosecution will follow for Clarence Jackson and Tia.
July/August 2011- Celina Cass missing, and recovery of her remains. While it is presumed a homicide, her cause of death has not been determined or released. Wendell Noyes, her stepfather is the only non-official person of interest. Celina’s mother left him while he underwent psychiatric care upon the news of Celina’s recovery. It is my solid opinion that Wendell is involved in Celina’s death and disposal of her remains in a water treatment (). There have been no arrests or indictments in this case to date.
August 19, 2011. West Memphis Three- Two days after I wrote a series about the murders of 3 8 year old boys in June of 1993 by 3 teenage boys known as the West Memphis Three, all three plead guilty to an alford plea after the state agreed to a deal proffered by the defense team, funded by the Hollywood elite. So far, Reese Witherspoon has been cast as Pam Hobbs, mother of Stevie Branch. In November, the parents wrote a letter to the Chair of the AMPAS documentary committee asking that they not con sider the HBO commissioned Paradise Lost 3, Purgatory for an award. We featured the entire letter as a front page on the site, in support.
September 2011- The Susan Powell case- The roller coaster of we found remains, wait, not remains, but former remains in burned wood chips. The subsequent arrest of Susan’s freak in law
October 2011- The disappearance of Karen Swift, mother of four. Karen was located on December (), and has yet to have her autopsy completed or her remains released. Sheriff Box of the Dyer County Sheriffs Office has not named a suspect, but it is widely known that the primary person of interest is David Swift, Karen’s recently estranged husband.
Missing 10 month old Lisa Irwin- No new anything in this case, since Joe Tacopina of Joran VanDerSloot fame took the case to represent the parents. A lead developed from Deb Bradley’s phone produced a juggalo chic whose phone was called in what is believed to be in the middle of the alleged crime, and did ping close to the Irwin residence. Megan Wright’s former boyfriend known as Jersey was subsequently arrested for tampering with a vehicle. She claims not to know anything in the case and that her phone was used by several members of a household she was since asked to leave.
Amanda Knox Acquittal- what many did not know about the prosecutor will change most of your opinions in this case. Blink dubs Giuliano Mignini “The Mike Nifong” of Perusia.
November/December: The Nittany Nightmare-
Over 40 counts of child sexual abuse are filed in an indictment against former PSU offensive coordinator and Second Mile founder Jerry Sandusky. Tim Curley and Gary Schwartz are indicted and held for trial for perjury in their grand jury testimony. Mike McQueary stands firm in his testimony during the preliminary hearing. Blink uncovers a possible insurance scandal paying the legal bills.
Dyersburg, TN- 44 year old Mother of four Karen Johnson Swift has been missing since early Sunday morning following the drop off of her two youngest children at the marital home where the couple continue to reside following Ms. Swift’s divorce filing October 10, 2011.
Friends of the couple speaking on the condition of anonymity to www.blinkoncrime.com have confirmed both Swift’s were previously divorced, and this is not the first hint of marital discord between the two.
Swift’s 2004 Nissan Murano was located approximately one mile away near the intersection of Millsfield Hwy and Harness Rd with a flat tire, and her missing cell phone was last accessed at approximately 5 am, linking to a web browser. According to her husband David, the two spoke briefly in the stairwell at approximately 1:30am, Karen Swift left and Mr. Swift returned to bed. There is a residence within visual distance of the location of the vehicle and a volunteer fire company within walking distance as well.
This leaves a nearly 4 hour window in which Karen Swift appears to be unaccounted for. Sources inside the investigation have confirmed to www.blinkoncrime.com that Karen Swift’s phone pings were last traced to the area of Mississippi River and her phone has since lost power.
Although David Swift has been interviewed by Dyer County Sheriff ‘s Office, it is unclear at this time why Karen would have left the home again after dropping off the couples two young daughters, or why she would not have called her husband for assistance following discovery of the the alleged flat tire. Mr. Swift operates a business from the Willie Johnson address since 2004 in the aerosol packaging industry.
Calls to the Dyer County Sheriff have not been returned at the time of this publication.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Dyer County Sheriff at
On the eve of the 4 week anniversary of missing Darden, TN nursing student, Holly Bobo, new investigative details are being learned about the case. Two unofficial persons of interest have taken their case “public” in a way.
While blinkoncrime.com was aware of this information, a decision was made to withhold it in the interests of the cases “active” status previously.
That was, until today, when one of the known person’s of interests in Holly’s disappearance, outed himself publicly.
Jonathan Dodd, son of Bradley Grafton Dodd, and Dena Logan Dodd, chose the Parsons topix forum to “defend” himself against what he termed “death threats”.
Blink, Editor In Chief of www.blinkoncrime.com, was able to confirm the poster on the topix forum was indeed, Jon Dodd.
Speaking exclusively to www.blinkoncrime on the condition of anonymity, an extended family member of the Dodd family, sheds more light on Master Dodd’s claims.
“.. Yes, that is definitely him. I have no idea how he can say he does not know the Bobo family, he went to Scotts Hill with Holly for a short time. Karen Bobo, Holly’s Mom, worked for Grafton Dodd, his grandfather, when he was the principle of the Parson’s junior High when it was still there, Brad and Grafton are on the school board, there is no way that is true what is said.
When he is saying something was stolen from the property, he is talking about the ATV you wrote about before, when I saw that, I knew you were aware of him. Sandy called the sheriffs department before she knew that Holly was missing to report that their ATV was stolen. Sandy is also the cheer leading coach at Riverside High, since forever, and she got into some minor trouble a few years back because she got caught rigging the tryouts. Nothing major, but everyone knew about it. Dena, his Mom, was a teacher at Riverside shortly after he got transferred, which is weird again.
Everyone in this family has been covering for Jon since he was a kid. I could not believe when he stabbed Brad with a scissors when he was about 8 1/2, there was a big cover up. Last year Dena moved to Gwinnett County because the grands let him get away with anything. He has a baby with Shelby Sellers and nobody really even knew about that until after.
Jon went to the great-grandparents for a while in Arab, Ala in 2006 after the girl was killed in the car accident that got his ass beat up when he said she deserved it, and again, nobody said a word. Brad and Dena started up that Boy Scouts thing for him and (redacted by blink).
What is he talking about? What does donate DNA mean? O that is totally him, I can tell by the “I get paid to hunt” or whatever. Speaking of hunting, the abandoned cabin that volunteers found, when Grafton was told, was when he refused permission for any other searches and they got a warrant. Grafton and Sandy were seen removing a mattress from that part of the property, the one they found in the place where the outhouses were used recently. (redacted) saw him in WalMart, he looked at her and said he did not do it, I swear. Really scary.
He (Jon) did not donate DNA, it was taken from him in the parking lot of Tuckers Diner, he did not have a choice. The LE came there and showed some papers. Grafton’s was taken too, but I don’t know were, I heard it was at the area of the Pugh property, by that Shayne Austin’s parents house.
Among the community that has banded together *like*no*other* in recent memory, are weary searchers, volunteers and the families that live without them, for days on end.
The readers and editors of www.blinkoncrime.com commend you today. I have spoken to many of you in the field, and I know that in an active investigation, there is so little to keep you motivated and strong.
Your community is a very spiritual one, as is Holly Bobo’s family. I also know that you are dealing with issues of dissension in your communal congregation if you will, and I wanted you to know the nation is watching and we hold you up this Easter weekend.
To the TBI, assisting LE agencies, and the great and powerful civilians working to find Holly Bobo today, we dedicate one of my favorite works of literature.
It is intensely personal to me.
My Gram, whom I miss dearly, was a career surgical nurse, as is Holly’s chosen study, read it to me when I was little, to the point of her exhaustion I presume..
As a small child learning to read, I would bound into their house and recite it from the framed needlepoint on the wall as if it was a ticket for admission to cross the foyer.
To The Family complicating these efforts: I offer this to you as well, in good faith.
Today can show YOUR faith and commitment like no other.
Ask for guidance today, it is there for you.
The hands of this community are strong and large. Prayers and Strength to Holly and the good folks trying to bring her home.
The House by the Side of the Road
by Sam Walter Foss
There are hermit souls that live withdrawn In the place of their self-content; There are souls like stars, that dwell apart, In a fellowless firmament; There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths Where highways never ran- But let me live by the side of the road And be a friend to man.