Slain Franklin County woman’s family set up reward fund

Slain Franklin County woman's family set up reward fund (Image 1)

Megan Sharpton's family hopes offering a reward will encourage people with information about her death to come forward.

The 24-year-old nursing student's beaten and burned body was discovered just off Awalt Road in Tullahoma, Franklin County by a passerby around 1:15 a.m. on the morning of July 2.

Her Ford Mustang was found later that day parked in the middle of Three Parks Bridge Road in Bedford County.

The vehicle was taken to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's crime lab in Nashville for processing.

Since her death, the young woman's family and friends have held a carwash and are also selling t-shirts that read, “Meagan, Our Star. We are your voice!”

Police said Sharpton had a number of star tattoos on her body, one for each sibling, which is how her family was able to identify her after she was murdered.

Sharpton's sister-in-law, Lindsay Foutch, told Nashville's News 2 Megan's murder has been a nightmare for their family.

“I must say, I have not slept fully since it happened, because you don't know,” Foutch told Nashville's News 2.

She said Sharpton was living out her dream of becoming a nurse and had been attending nursing school in Winchester. 

Foutch also referred to Sharpton as a sweet, trusting person, always seeing the good in people.

“So sweet, so kind hearted,” said Foutch, “Megan didn't pass judgment on anyone. She didn't see the bad in anyone. She loved everyone.”

Foutch said the hardest part now is not having any answers about what happened.

“If you know something we, not only our family, but our community, want answers. Please come forward,” added Foutch.

Their family is hoping anyone with information will come forward and help give them closure.

Anyone interested in donating to the reward fund, which has reached $10,000, or buying a t-shirt, can email Foutch at

A Facebook page has also been set up in her honor.

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