Mounting evidence in case of missing Allendale teen

By: Diane Cho Email
By: Diane Cho Email

First at Five, May 14, 2007

ALLENDALE, S.C.---An Allendale teenager has been missing for over six months. Now the sheriff says he has new evidence in Erica Bradley's disappearance, but her family is still frustrated by the lack of progress.

Erica disappeared after leaving her job at a local restaurant. Extensive searches have turned up no sign of her.

She was last seen arguing with her boyfriend, Derrick Maner, in front of the Allendale County courthouse. Now new evidence from the sheriff's office may prove Maner had a hand in her disappearance.

Allendale County Sheriff Tom Carter says there's no doubt in his mind that Erica's disappearance was cold-blooded murder.

According to the sheriff, two separate DNA tests from state and county agencies found Erica's blood under her boyfriend's car.

If that's not enough, he says there's evidence that Derrick Maner may have even covered up a crime.

"We found a solution under the car to show they tried to wash out under the car, but I won't get into that," Sheriff Carter said.

Yet six months have now come and gone...and the only suspect in the case is still a free man.

"It's very frustrating," Erica's grandmother, Annie Ruth Wright, told News 12. "What is the holdup?"

Still wearing their hearts on their sleeves, Erica's family can't help but wonder why nothing has been done.

"We knew all the time," Wright said. "No doubt in my mind that it was her blood, so what are they waiting for to get him?"

But Sheriff Carter says his hands are tied. Despite the evidence, without proof Erica is in fact dead or alive, he fears the solicitor may not have enough proof to convict a man of murder.

"I feel there is a murderer in Allendale that is free," he said.

"I want them to prosecute him and tell us what he did to Erica and where she is," said Wright. "I want him behind bars."

Derrick Maner has maintained he has had nothing to do with her disappearance. When we asked for a comment, we were told by his family he did not wish to speak to us.

Calls to the solicitor's office have not been returned.

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  • by Raye Location: Georgia on May 29, 2008 at 06:16 AM
    Yall need to quit posting all this ugly stuff about that childs grandmother. God will have the last say so. She is morning her lost child and for you Keisha to say something like that. That is so unhuman for someone to say. May God get the glory out of all of this. And may the right person pay, even if it is Derek!! It is now May of 2008, and I guess he will pay, cause he is in jail. News 12 you are suppose to approve these comments. You never should have posted that comment fronm that keisha character!!! That was so mean.
  • by Mary Location: Jesus on Nov 8, 2007 at 08:07 AM
    Derek knows where that girl is. He just needs to tell and suffer the consequence. The truth will be revealed one day. Keisha and becky this has nothing to do with you all and yes your cousin will go to jail if he is convicted. You may go to if evidence comes up that you know something as well. You need to tell your cousin to tell and give this family some peace. You may not be able to relate to how they feel but if the tables were turned you would. Prayer changes things, and i pray that Derek Maner comes forth with the truth. Eventually the truth will come out!!!!!
  • by Keisha Location: Allen on Jun 18, 2007 at 07:53 AM
    Annie Ruth let me tell you something your ugly self my cousin is not going behind no bars you old lady
  • by becky Location: barnwell on Jun 18, 2007 at 07:51 AM
    yall will not put derrick maner in jail
  • by anitatess givens Location: emanuel on May 15, 2007 at 09:41 AM
    I pray that the law do there job because justice needs to be reveal. My heart go out to the family,I would like to say I will be praying for the family and Jesus Christ is on your side. Just believe.
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