Attorney: Woman at Heart of Deadly Knoxville Love Triangle Missing with Children

By: Brian Gregory Email
By: Brian Gregory Email

Knoxville (WVLT) -- A Knoxville attorney says the mother at the heart of a deadly Knox County love triangle is missing, and so are her kids.

Eric McLean's attorney Bruce Poston tells Volunteer TV News that Erin McLean grabbed her 11 and 8 year old boys from her mother's home last Saturday, while her mother was asleep, and hasn't been seen since.

Poston says Erin McLean didn't pack any clothes, didn't take any money and one of the children may not even have shoes.

Poston says Erin McLean told someone she was headed to California to meet a guy she had met on the internet.

"Eric is just beyond confused," Poston told Volunteer TV News. "He's just in such a state of fear and shock and depression. He's sick, he's sick to his stomach."

Poston says right now Eric McLean's attorney Scott Sharp is working to get together an emergency order that would ask a judge to take custody away from Erin.

Poston says he expects that to be filed on Monday.

He says that Erin's family is also very concerned about her and the children.

"They're so concerned that they've tried, like her sister has tried to get an AMBER ALERT out for the kids, so they're concerned about the children's safety, too," Poston said. "We have an unstable mother traveling God knows where, with two scared young boys."

Erin McLean does have legal custody of the two boys, that's why no AMBER ALERT or police activity has taken place in the case.

She has not been charged with any crimes.

Eric McLean is charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of 18-year-old Sean Powell.

He's charged with shooting and killing Sean Powell, 18 in front of his home on March 10th.

Powell was allegedly involved in a romantic relationship with Erin McLean.

According to the investigator, McLean says he bought a 30-30 caliber rifle two weeks before the shooting that he planned to use on himself some time.

But police investigators testified, McLean said everything was a blur after he asked Sean to leave his house on March tenth.

Eric McLean was arrested early the next day.

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