A Chattanooga man, Thomas Henshall, Jr., 37, was arrested in Nashville after driving with a corpse, believed to be his mother, Danielle Bowen, 60.
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department authorities said Henshall arrived at Nashville’s VA Medical Center at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday with the body wrapped and/or rolled up in a tarp in the back of his truck. Henshall claimed that his mother had committed suicide and that he found her in a wooded area of Chattanooga. According to Henshall and his girlfriend, whom he picked up at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with the body already in the truck, they stopped for food, gas and coffee before driving to a VA medical facility in Chattanooga and saw that it was closed. They wound up driving to Nashville’s VA Medical Center, passing multiple hospitals and law enforcement facilities along the way.
The evidence tampering charge stems from Henshall touching and concealing the victim’s body. During an interview with MNPD Homicide Detective Madison Meiss, Henshall 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 obtained a gun, he invoked his Miranda rights and ended the interview.
Positive identification of the body in the tarp will be made during an autopsy.
The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department homicide unit has provided information on this case to Chattanooga authorities and the TBI for investigative follow up in East Tennessee.
Henshall is jailed in Nashville in lieu of $80,000 bond.