SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a tip from a woman in Shelby County led to arrest of a man accused of a murder and double kidnapping in Henry County on Thursday.
Shelby County Sheriff Mark Moore tells WDRB that Terry Whitehouse was taken into custody near a wooded area near Mount Eden, Kentucky, on Friday afternoon. His wife, Melinda, was found safe.
Moore says the woman spotted the white van police had been looking for near Harrisonville on Friday morning. Police caught up with the van in a driveway of a home along Back Creek Road. Moore says Whitehead ran into the nearby woods, and his wife was found in the van. Police did not give details on her condition, but she left the scene with police from Eminence, Kentucky.
Whitehouse was taken into custody several hours later about a half-mile from where he abandoned the van. He was taken from the scene by Henry County Sheriff's Deputies.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Stuart Jackson says law enforcement spent several hours looking for Whitehouse with "helicopters in the air and canines tracking trails." Officers from Shelby, Henry and Spencer counties helped in the search along with KSP, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.
Police believe Whitehouse went to the Henry County home of his wife's parents early Thursday morning -- hours after being released from the Shelby County Jail for violating an emergency protective order. Investigators believe he killed his father-in-law -- who was identified late Friday as 56-year-old Marvin J. Bowman -- and forced his wife and mother-in-law to go with him in the van. The mother-in-law was released in Shelby County Thursday, and asked police to check on her husband. Police found Bowman's body early Thursday.
The autopsy shows Bowman died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Sue Ellen Bowman, Marvin J. Bowman's niece, says the family is in shock.
"His mother is taking it pretty hard, and the whole family has a lot of questions that hasn't been answered," she said.
She added that her uncle, "was a good man. He would give his shirt off his back if he could."
Whitehouse has been charged with murder, violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO and kidnapping an adult. He is being held in the Oldham County Detention Center as the investigation continues.
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