Erica Atkins Obitiuary, Cause Of Death – In the early hours of Sunday morning, it was reported that a woman from Locust Grove had gone missing. A fisherman found her body about ten hours after it went missing in Cedar Creek, which is located near the county line between Jones and Putnam.
The angler contacted the Jones County Sheriff’s Office through a different number than the one used for emergencies and reported what he had seen. When the Jones authorities arrived on the scene, they discovered that the deceased person was on the Putnam County side of the creek, which flows along the county line. In response, the Jones authorities contacted the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
Bernichon was notified that Morgan County had called to report a BOLO out of Locust Grove regarding a possible kidnapping while he and Barbee were working the scene alongside the Putnam County Coroner’s Office. Bernichon and Barbee were both working alongside the Putnam County Coroner’s Office. Everyone who was involved quickly realized that the victim of the kidnapping and the body that was found in the creek were one and the same person.
Erica M. Atkins, 40 years old, was identified as the victim by Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills. Atkins is from Locust Grove. The cause of Atkins’s death has not been determined by the authorities as of yet. It was anticipated that the body would be transferred to the custody of the Henry County Coroner’s office from the Putnam County Coroner’s office.
Although it was still early in the investigation, Locust Grove Police Chief Derrick Austin stated that he had a strong suspicion that the victim may have been murdered in her own home. On the other hand, he stated that the autopsy would be carried out by the medical examiner from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The results of the autopsy are expected to reveal both the cause of death and the manner in which the victim passed away.