Mountain Cold Case: 1992 murder of Greta Henson

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - A Bell County couple made a grim discovery in 1992, when they found their daughter murdered in her own home.

The family says Greta Henson was strangled and shot five times.

More than 22 years later, there are more questions than answers. WYMT's Angela Sparkman dug into the files of this mountain cold case.

Josephine and Shirley Henson's life changed forever on January 7th, 1992. Their daughter, 24 year old Greta Henson, had not shown up for work that day. They went to her home in Middlesboro and found her dead.

"We'll never get over it, never get over it," Josephine Henson said.

The family says Greta was bound, strangled, and shot five times in the head.

"Have to live everyday thinking about it," Shirley Henson said of finding his daughter murdered.

"I don't know anything worser than your child being killed. I don't know anything worser that you could go through on this earth than that," said Josephine Henson.

They still do not know who killed her. Twenty-two years after her death, the case is still unsolved.

"It's hard to go on year after year and not know who done it," Josephine Henson said.

The family believes it was someone Greta knew. She lived by herself and state police say there were no signs of a break-in at her trailer. The Henson's say a ring and gun were missing after her murder.

Josephine Henson says she talked to Greta on the phone just before midnight the night before she was found dead. She said Greta was fine at the time.

Two decades later, the parents still hold on to hope they will one day know who killed her and why.

"I wish that somebody would come forward and say something, so she and we could get some justice, so we can get some justice for her," said Josephine Henson.

They hope to see an arrest made before another year passes.

Anyone with information on Greta Henson's murder on January 7th, 1992 should call the Kentucky State Police Post in Harlan at 606-573-3131.

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