Boyfriend arrested in case of missing Allendale teen

By: Tom Campbell/Kelsey Barlow Email
By: Tom Campbell/Kelsey Barlow Email

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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  • by Yasin Location: New York on Apr 27, 2009 at 04:42 PM
    Whatever happen to the white guy that burnt her body at Column Mill? Why was his case moved out of Allendale? Whatever happen to the murderer of Anthony Parker, in Allendale? Why wasn't Fleetwood gas station in Allendale, S.C. closed, after him n Mike Moore were both killed there?
  • by ann key Location: aiken on Aug 9, 2008 at 12:37 AM
    did they find Ericka Bradley body yet?did the boyfriend plead guilty to killing Ericka Bradley?
  • by shacora on Jul 16, 2008 at 04:02 AM
    thats messed up she was so young R.I.P I hope her child is bein well take n care of. I prey 4 all of u n let the lord handle it
  • by Sheldonia Brown Location: Barnwell, S.C on May 28, 2008 at 11:43 AM
    TO THE FAMILY OF ERICKA MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GOES OUT TO HER FAMILY AND SPECIAL HER SON SHE LEFT BEHIND.
  • by Marvin B. Location: North Augusta on May 7, 2008 at 12:59 AM
    It maybe possible that the police were stalling to make an arrest so that not only could they get more evadance but also Maner may have led them to Ericka's remains.
  • by Tanisha Location: Bamberg SC on Apr 14, 2008 at 07:21 AM
    This is a young lady that havent had a chance to live her life, and haf to leave a child that child that she gave birth to. I feel that her family has the right to know what happen to her. They need some type of closure in this situation, i feel like they are getting close but i also feel like , if he did this he needs to confess and tell where this young lady body is so she can be put to rest. I Can not imagine how her family feels nowing he may have had something to do with this murder and then he had the child in his care, which was a very dangerous situation. Life is what you make it but there are no rules in the book that gives you authorization to take someone elses life. I feel sorry for both families the victim and the accused. I will pray for them to be able to deal with all this that is going on, the childs mother is dead and the father is the accused killer.
  • by Darryl Moore Location: Allendale on Apr 8, 2008 at 07:23 AM
    I HOPE THAT THE BODY BE FIND BECAUSE KIDS NEEDS TO HAVE A MOTHER IN THERE LIFE.IF DERRICK KNOWS WHERE THE BODY IS HE NEEDS TO PROTEST FOR THE SAKE OF HIS SON.FAMILY AND FRIENDS U ARE IN MY PRAYERS
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2008 at 08:06 AM
    Free Dreads!!!!
  • by GodBtheJudge Location: Columbia SC on Apr 4, 2008 at 03:40 PM
    Well Derek was a friend of mine while in college and he is one of the nicest people i have ever met, not saying nice people cant do bad things but noone need to be saying negative things towards him especially not knowing whether or not he did the crime,leave it up to God and hopefully he will guide the family through on their search to know what happened to her
  • by HIS CLASS MATE FROM BENEDICT COLLEGE Location: COLUMBIA on Apr 4, 2008 at 03:38 PM
    I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH HIM AND I HOPE HE DID NOT DO THAT BUT IF HE DID HE NEED TO TELL THEM WHERE SHE AT IF HE KNOW SOMETHING BUT I REALLY DO THINK HE DID THAT CAUSE HE IS JUST TO NICE
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