A Tennessee man is accused of wrapping his mother’s body in a tarp and driving with it across several counties, from Chattanooga to Nashville, police said.
According to the Nashville Police Department, Thomas Henshall Jr., 37, arrived at the city’s VA Medical Center with the body of his mother, Danielle Bowen, 60, wrapped up in the tarp in the back of his truck around 5:15 Sept. 25.
“Henshall claimed that his mother had committed suicide and that he found her in a wooded area of Chattanooga,” police said, alleging Henshall picked up his girlfriend at 8:30 a.m. that morning with the body already in the truck, and “they stopped for food, gas and coffee before driving to a VA medical facility in Chattanooga and saw that it was closed.”
Henshall then drove from Chattanooga to Nashville’s VA Medical Center, “passing multiple hospitals and law enforcement facilities along the way,” police said.
When investigators interviewed Henshall, Homicide Detective Madison Meiss claimed he said that “he was right next to his mother when she shot herself; however, he told his girlfriend that he had discovered the victim in the woods.”
When Henshall was asked how his mother got a gun, police said he invoked his Miranda rights and the interview ended.
Henshall faces charges of failure to report the discovery of a dead body and evidence tampering. He was booked into a Nashville jail in lieu of 80,000 bond.