Erica Atkins killed by employee, dumped in creek: Police

Romero Johnson (Henry County Sheriff’s Office)

The much-adored owner of an Atlanta-area bookstore was found dead in a creek this week, with law enforcement authorities saying that one of her ex-boyfriend, an employee, kidnapped and killed her.

Romero Johnson, 38, faces charges of kidnapping and murder in the death of 42-year-old Erica Atkins, authorities confirmed to Law&Crime.

According to a copy of the incident report obtained by Law&Crime, officers with the Locust Grove Police Department responded to Atkins’ residence at 2:50 a.m. on March 5 for a report of a missing person.

Once there, investigators determined there were “suspicious circumstances” surrounding the disappearance of the individual, identified as Atkins.

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