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Friday
Jan282011

Michigan Mom Amy Henslee Found Dead, Suspect in Custody

Photo Courtesy - WZZM-TV(BANGOR TOWNSHIP, Mich.) -- Amy Henslee, the Michigan mom of two who vanished from her home three days ago, was found shot to death early Friday morning, police said.  Her body was found buried with the body of another woman.

"Unfortunately, the investigation that began with the disappearance of Amy Henslee this past Monday evening culminated [Friday] morning with the discovery of her body and also the body of Tonya Howarth," Van Buren County Prosecutor Juris Kaps said.

Junior Lee Beebe, 34, is being held in connection to the murders.  Beebe is the cousin of Henslee's husband.  Beebe is expected to be charged with two counts of open murder Friday and will be arraigned later in the day, Kaps said.

"It appears that they both died of multiple gunshot wounds," he said.

Howarth, 36, was dating Beebe, the prosecutor said.  Investigators are still determining the relationship between Henslee and Howarth.

Henslee, 30, left willingly from her home Monday morning with Beebe, investigators said.  She left with just her black coat and Puma sneakers.

"Everything indicated that there was no physical confrontation when she left," Van Buren County Sheriff Dale Gribler said.

It's not clear how police tracked Henslee to Beebe's trailer in Bangor Township, six miles from her home in Hartford Township.  At the trailer, Michigan State Police discovered a pool of blood, and nearby they discovered the buried bodies of Henslee and Howarth, Kaps said.

The bodies were identified by photographs and tattoos.

Kaps indicated that Beebe has a record. "He has some prior contact with criminal justice system," the prosecutor said.

Police initially said that they believed Henslee was still alive and had left home voluntarily.  But on Friday they concluded that Henslee and Howarth were murdered on Monday morning, the day Henslee disappeared.

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