Boyfriend arrested in case of missing Allendale teen

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News 12 at 11 o'clock, April 3, 2008

ALLENDALE, S.C.---State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents in South Carolina have arrested Derek Maner and charged him with murder in the Ericka Bradley case.

The Allendale teenager has been missing since late 2006 after she left her job at a restaurant there. She was 17. Maner, her boyfriend, was the last person seen with her, near the courthouse in Allendale.

Family members, law enforcement officers and volunteers from many areas searched for any clues after her disappearance.

In May 2007 Sheriff Tom Carter told News 12 DNA tests showed Miss
Bradley's blood was under her boyfriend's car the night of her disappearance. The DNA evidence includes samples from her hair, blood and tissue.

In the past Maner told officers she jumped out of the car after an argument.

There is no indication at this time if Miss Bradley's remains have been
found. Investigator Steven Robinson told News 12 SLED agents will be back in the area Friday morning.

Miss Bradley had a five month old son at the time she disappeared and was an honor roll student at the local high school. Maner is the father of the child.

In November 2007, Sheriff Carter told News 12, "I believe the suspect is the murderer. I also got two outside agencies helping me with this case that feel the same."

There is also no word yet on what, if any, new evidence has led SLED
to charge Maner in the case.

News 12 will be in Allendale for more updates on this Breaking News. Some of these unanswered questions may be answered.

We'll have more details later today.

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