published Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Body found in Chattanooga home confirmed to be 25-year-old mom Erika Whaley

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    A body believed to be that of missing 25-year-old Erika Whaley is removed Sunday afternoon from a house at 2822 Ocoee St. in Chattanooga.
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    Investigators with the Chattanooga Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are seeking help in locating 25 year-old Erika Whaley. She is 4'11" tall, 115 lbs, and is missing from the local Chattanooga area. Erika has been missing since August, 2011 and was last seen getting into a red truck at a shelter for battered women. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Erika Whaley are asked to call the Chattanooga Police Department at 423-698-2525.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The human remains found inside a Chattanooga home have been identified as the body of 25-year-old Erika Whaley, according to the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The medical examiner will not be releasing a cause or manner of death until toxicology and tissue samples are completed, but the office did confirm Wednesday the remains belonged to Whaley — who has been missing since September, family members say.

She was last seen Sept. 15 getting into a red pickup truck at a domestic violence shelter. Her family did not report her missing to Chattanooga police until Dec. 18.

Whaley’s body was found inside a vacant, boarded up home that belonged to Whaley's late grandfather.

After information on Whaley was released, police acted on a tip through the Crime Stoppers hotline in which someone said they dropped Whaley off at her grandfather's residence.

There were no obvious signs of trauma found on the decomposing body, according to Chattanooga police.

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