TULLAHOMA, Tenn. – Early autopsy reports showed the woman whose body was found burning in a grassy area in Franklin County died due to blunt force trauma. The death was being treated as a homicide.
The victim has been identified as 24-year-old nursing student Erika Sharpton from Tullahoma.
Officials with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said a motorist called to report a grass fire near Awalt Bridge at Tims Ford Lake around 1:20 a.m. Monday. The motorist then discovered Sharpton's partially burned body.
Sgt. Chris Guess said the victim's car was later found in the middle of Three Forks Bridge in Bedford County. Investigators said a witness saw the car and thought someone had run out of gas. When no one returned he called authorities.
The license plate was traced and the vehicle was identified as Sharpton's. Officials have asked anyone else who saw the vehicle to notify investigators.
Anyone who saw Sharpton Sunday should also contact investigators.
Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have been called in to help with the investigation.
No arrests have been made in the case.
Anyone with information has been asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 931-967-2331 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.