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SC ERICA MONIQUE BRADLEY: Missing from Allendale, SC - 6 November 2006 - Age 17

Discussion in 'Missing 2000 to 2009' started by Sundance, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. Sundance

    Sundance Active Member

    Erica, circa 2006; Age-progression to age 22 (circa 2011); Derek Maner in 2009
    Missing Since: 11/06/2006
    Missing From: Allendale, South Carolina
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date of Birth: 07/13/1989 (As of 2019 she would be 30 years old)
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 17 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'4 feet, 135 pounds
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A Hardee's work uniform consisting of black pants, a beige shirt and black shoes.
    Distinguishing Characteristics African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Erica's ears are pierced. Some agencies spell her name "Ericka." She may wear hair extensions.
    Details of Disappearance
    Erica was last seen in Allendale, South Carolina at 11:30 p.m. on November 6, 2006. She worked the closing shift at a Hardee's restaurant in the 600 block of Railroad Avenue west. Her 18-year-old boyfriend, Derek Maner, was supposed to pick her up after work, but he never did, so Erica's cousin gave her a ride. While they were driving, they passed Maner and pulled over in front of the county courthouse, and Erica got in Maner's car and they drove away.

    They allegedly got into an argument in the vehicle; Maner later stated she accused him of infidelity. Maner said he offered to drive Erica to meet the woman he was accused of being involved with, in order to prove his innocence, and while they were on their way there, Erica suddenly jumped out of the car and ran into the woods adjacent to Highway 125, four miles from home. Maner said he stopped his car and searched for her, but was unable to find her and assumed she had gone home. She had not, however, and has never been heard from again.

    A photograph of Maner is posted with this case summary. He and Erica have a son who was five months old in November 2006. At the time of her disappearance, Erica lived with Maner rather than with her parents, and Maner waited two days to tell them she was missing.

    Police conducted an extensive search in the wooded area where Maner said he last saw Erica. They found her shoes, clothing and some pieces of her hair extensions, but no indication of her whereabouts. Cadaver dogs did not detect the smell of a dead body in the area.

    Authorities never believed Erica left of her own accord. She is described as responsible, had a close and loving relationship with her parents and siblings, and does not fit the usual profile of a teen runaway. She was a good student and had dreams of going to college, and her parents stated she would have never abandoned her child.

    After Erica's disappearance, Maner's car was subjected to forensic testing. Erica's blood, hair and tissue were found on the underside of the vehicle, along with evidence that someone tried to wash it off. Investigators believe she was run over at some point.

    In April 2008, Maner was arrested and charged with murdering Erica. He had been considered the prime suspect in her disappearance from the outset of the investigation. Maner maintained his innocence at trial in February 2009. He said he didn't harm Erica and had no idea what happened to her, and that the blood and tissue on his car were from a dog he hit. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

    Foul play is suspected in Erica's case due to the circumstances involved. Her remains have never been recovered.

    Investigating Agency
    • Allendale County Sheriff's Office 803-584-2361
    Source Information
    Information copied and pasted from The Charley Project: http://charleyproject.org/case/erica-monique-bradley

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  2. Sundance

    Sundance Active Member

    I looked on The Doe Network, and could not find any potential matches, unfortunately :(
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  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    From what they wrote here, I don't believe his story. It's too common as an "alibi" from men whose supposed loved ones disappeared during a fight. Makes me mad they get away with it for this long, too.
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  4. Sundance

    Sundance Active Member

    Yup, true. At least Maner was sentenced to life... he deserves it. Though there are many who get away with it.
    https://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/39581372.html - Erika's family's reaction
    https://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/39529252.html - Information about conviction
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