Erik decided to help out with the investigation into the 26-year-old’s disappearance after he felt that law enforcement did not step up to the plate. In fact, he shared his belief that investigators did not give Kaitlyn’s case anything close to the attention it deserved.
“I feel like in this area, if you’re not a certain type of person, then you don’t get the same response from law enforcement as other people do,” Erik said.
“You don’t get the same treatment as the guy in the nice neighborhood driving a Mercedes gets. You kind of get written off.”
To back up this claim, Erik revealed how the Overton County Sheriff’s Department did not conduct their first comprehensive search until a whopping nine months after the 26-year-old’s disappearance.
“I don’t know of any excuse that could have been given to me to say that we waited over nine months to do a search,” he noted.
Kaitlyn reportedly knew Terri Loftus quite well since she dated Terri’s son, Dustin. And according to Terri, there are so many other unanswered questions regarding the 26-year-old’s disappearance– aside from law enforcement’s incredibly slow jump to action.
“She’s missed her birthdays, her family’s birthdays, and special occasions, and no sound has come from her. Nothing. And I still don’t understand why she would have jumped out the window with that argument,” Terri explained.
“Why didn’t she go out the front door? So nothing about it really makes any sense.”
Then, just a few months after Kaitlyn disappeared, her father Scotty’s house burned down in a fire in August 2021.
On the day of the house fire, the local Hillham Fire Department arrived on the scene to extinguish the blaze. And at that point, they learned a resident was still inside the home.
So, other fire departments arrived to assist with the fire. But, on August 2, 2021, the house burned down, and any potential evidence from Kaitlyn’s disappearance disintegrated with it.