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Sikeston woman on 'America's Most Wanted'

By Crystal Britt - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -Long sought after Tambra Turner, formally of Sikeston, is in police custody in Chicago, Illinois.

She's been on the run since February 22, 2008.

Turner is the primary suspect in the murder of Chabreshea Egson of Cape Girardeau.

This news means everything to Egson's family.

"Closure, finally want to see her go to trial," said Shawon Egson, the victim's cousin.

Shawon Egson, along with other family members, are celebrating the capture of 30-year-old Tambra Turner.

Chicago police took her into custody Thursday after Turner was profiled Saturday on the TV show "America's Most Wanted."

"She was featured on the show's 15 seconds of fame. It generated a lot of leads," said Cape Girardeau Police Sergeant Rick Schmidt.

She had been featured on the show before, but this time it sparked clues that lead to Turner's arrest.

The story began on an icy February morning in 2008.

Police found 20-year-old Chabreshea Egson shot inside her sister's home on North Spanish Street in Cape Girardeau. Egson died minutes later at the hospital.

"It's been hard. We talked about her everyday as we look at her pictures and stuff," said Shawon Egson. "Everybody loved her, everybody."

From day one, officers considered Tambra Turner their number one suspect.

A nationwide search began for Turner as a number of local agencies plus the FBI all looked for the Sikeston woman.

"Lead after lead, day after day trying to hunt her down, trying to bring her down and bring her into custody for what she did," said Sgt. Schmidt. 

One year, and nearly four months later the woman accused of taking the life of Chabreshea Egson is captured.

"It's a huge deal. The family's been waiting, along with us, a long time to catch this individual," said Sgt. Schmidt.

Members of Major Case Squad are flying out to Chicago to interview Tambra Turner.

She has not yet been officially charged with any crime.

Heartland News also spoke with the victim's mother, Tricie Egson. 

She is beyond relieved.

Thursday happened to be her birthday, and she couldn't ask for a better present than to have the woman accused of killing her daughter in police custody.

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