Insight from GA Coverage on Murder Investigation

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Soon after Meredith Emerson's body was found, an autopsy revealed her condition and now WSB-TV says Georgia investigators have confirmed details in Cheryl Dunlap's death as well.

Ross Cavitt, a reporter with WSB-TV in Atlanta said, "The Leon County Sheriff's department, as you know, is painfully avoiding characterizing the way the Cheryl Dunlap was found here, but investigators have told us all along that there are similarities in that, that make those two cases very close."

With the two cases linking into a larger investigation, two communities share similar emotions. Cavitt also said, "In that neighborhood, in that community, it really traumatized the folks and we've heard over and over again if you can't just go hiking up in the north GA mountains and be safe, where can you be safe? And it affected a lot of people in that way."

People like those who live minutes from the outdoors in Tallahassee.
Kelly Craft, a Tallahassee resident said, "I do a lot of hiking with my fiance and it does, it was a concern of ours, you know, I was talking to him recently about, you know, maybe we should take extra precautions. And it's just, just very sad what happened to these women."

Products for personal defense are being swept from store shelves are just some indications of fear in this community. Now people are looking for indications as to when this will all be over.

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  • by Linda Location: Tallahassee on Jan 13, 2008 at 08:00 AM
    Well, thank goodness that Georgia reports the news of interest to it's citizens, or else, we here in Tallahassee, Fl would be out in the cold...heads in the sand! There has been so much misinformation/and lack of information from our Fl law enforcement that it's a wonder Hilton didn't go house to house here in Tallahassee...we were all out looking for Black dodge rams! He certainly took his time leaving the area.... I too amwondering why there were no dog hairs in Ms Cheryl's car, or on the body,or at the site where the body was found....I've had dogs before and for a long, long time afterward I know you still find hairs.... Of course, I also wonder if the site where the man was seen in the forest, near Tallahassee ,by the hunter was ever checked for evidence (dog hairs, bloody clothing, a MASK)? Sorry, I do believe the public can help (given some accurate info)...public helped capture Hilton! Has anyone considered Hilton had an accomplice here? And that they might be
  • by Anonymous Location: tallahassee on Jan 11, 2008 at 12:07 PM
    Has anyone else noticed that on the deputy dash cam video Hilton is wearing a black beanie, well the footage of the masked man using Dunlap's atm card is also wearing a black beanie, Also I am very surprised that if Hilton did murder Cheryl Dunlap how come there was no dog hair found on Dunlap body. It stated that Hilton always had his dog with him, it's just shocking that no dog hairs were on the body especially if Hilton had Dunlap in his vehicle.
  • by Linda Location: Tallahassee on Jan 11, 2008 at 06:12 AM
    I'm from Atlanta and all I can say is SHAME ON YOU CHANEL 2. Anyone could have figured out that Ms. Dunlap was probably decapitated but here is my question: Why do we as the public have to know that? What ever happened to protecting the dignity of the dead and respecting the privacy of the family who would not like to hear this all over the news.Shame on anyone who derives excitement from this type of discussion. This is not helpful to the public. What would be helpful is information like, How did Ms. Dunlap get kidnapped, from her home or did her car actually break down. There have been different theories. Also, why was a deputy "guarding" a black Dodge Truck left in the woods at Hwy 90 east and Hwy 59 North Friday am about 8:30. What did that investigation yield? What about the possibility of a 2nd person being involved as seen in the background of the ATM video. Is there any possibility she knew Hilton from anyplace in Tallahassee> Lets get constructive with out news reporting.
  • by Judy Location: Crawfordville on Jan 11, 2008 at 04:10 AM
    Last night's 11:49 p.m. report says, "Georgia investigators have confirmed details in Cheryl Dunlap's death as well." Huh? WHAT details? And why is Georgia confirming them, and not Florida? Am I the only one who is confused by all this non-information? We just want to know if Hilton really did it.
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