TULLAHOMA, Tenn. - An arrest has been made in connection with the case of a Tullahoma nursing student whose burned body was found in July.
Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller said that Donnie Jones was not charged with the murder of Megan Sharpton, however, he was charged with felon in possession of firearms.
Investigators spent the day Thursday, searching Jones' home on Bellaire Drive in connection with the case. Sheriff Fuller described the items they found as "evidence of interest" in connection to Megan Sharpton's murder.
Sheriff Fuller said he is relieved Jones is in custody, and hopes charges in connection with Sharpton's murder will be filed against Jones soon.
"He does have felony convictions, crimes against persons and surely he is considered to be dangerous," said Sheriff Fuller.
Authorities said they were close to making an arrest in the case in August. The 24-year-old nursing student's partially burned body was found July 2 at the Awalt Bridge in Franklin County. Her car was found later the same day about 20 miles away. Her death was ruled a homicide and detectives said preliminary reports indicated that Sharpton died of blunt force trauma.
Sharpton's family said earlier this month that they feared for their safety after a "person of interest" in the case threatened a family member at a Tullahoma High School football game. A few days later, the family said someone fire rounds at a realtor's sign in the front yard of a relative. No one was hurt.