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Safety Tips Following Dunlap Murder

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

The murder of Cheryl Dunlap gets more unclear as unanswered questions surround her death. Did the killer pretend to help Cheryl? It burdens people like those shopping for their loved ones alone. Alone, as many believe Cheryl was when she went missing.
One woman recalls an experience long before Cheryl Dunlap.

Kerri Kelly from Thomasville said, "In a shopping mall parking lot, waving hi to someone just being friendly and the car circled me a couple times and I had to call the cops. Cause he was still there when I got out of my car and went into work."

Tallahassee Police Department says these instances can happen when it is least expected.

Officer Dave McCranie with Tallahassee Police Department said, "If you are not focused, if you are not looking for the suspect, they're looking for you. Don't become a victim, don't look like a victim."

Tallahassee Police Department offers some tips for when you are out and about. Always tell somebody where you are going. If something happens, they'll know where to look. Always have your keys out when you are leaving somewhere and watch your back. If you are stranded with your car, stay in your car.

And there are a few things you can carry with you: fix a flat, an extra cell phone battery or car charger, a personal alarm, and even mace, if you choose.

Officer McCranie also mentioned a car battery charger is a good thing to own. It plugs into a cigarette lighter. TPD says it will charge your car battery in ten minutes. That might be something to look for as well.


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