I’m setting aside the normal tone of the blog today to talk about a real life horror. A young nursing student by the name of Megan Sharpton was killed by blunt force trauma to the head on July 2. Her body was dumped on the side of the road and set on fire. She was 24-years-old. Her family is shattered not only by the loss, but by the fact that the person or persons who did this to Megan have not been caught. In fact, the police have virtually no leads. Can you imagine the utter anguish her mother must feel?
Her mother, Kelly Sharpton, was a high school classmate of mine. That’s one reason I’m bringing this to your attention. Megan’s body was discovered on a rural road in Franklin County, Tennessee. For those of who aren’t familiar with that area of Tennessee, Franklin County is adjacent to Coffee County. The towns of Tullahoma and Manchester are in Coffee County. Megan lived in Tullahoma.
Some of you may be surprised that Tullahoma is a real place if you’re only familiar with it through my books. I count it as my childhood home, and that is another reason I’ve taken an interest in this case. I know a lot of Oz readers and parents of Oz readers live in this general area. Megan’s family needs your help. They’ve set up a Facebook page called Peace For Megan Sharpton. They’ve started a reward fund for information that leads to the arrest of Megan’s killers. If you have any information on the case, contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
This was a cold, despicable, cowardly act that can’t be allowed to go unpunished. The Sharpton family deserves, at the very least, closure.