Police: Henry County murder investigation connected to kidnapping case

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EMINENCE, Ky. (WKYT) - Police are investigating a homicide in Henry County after a man was found dead in a home, and they say the suspect is now holding his wife against her will.

Police called to a home in Eminence, Ky. before sunrise on Oct. 10 found a man dead. The victim had suffered severe trauma to the head. (Source: Sean Baute, WAVE 3 News)

Gray affiliate WAVE reports Eminence police were called to a home on Jackson Road around 6:30 Thursday morning.

Police say an officer found the deceased man with apparent trauma to the head. The call initially came in as a kidnapping out of Shelby County. Eminence police responded to do a welfare check and found the man dead.

Authorities have announced the murder suspect is 37-year-old Terry Whitehouse. His wife, 34-year-old Melinda Whitehouse, is believed to be with him against her will, and police believe she is in danger.

Whitehouse is accused of kidnapping Melinda and her mother from Eminence Thursday morning. He drove to Shelby County, where his mother-in-law got away and called local authorities. She told them her husband was the person police needed to do a welfare check on.

Police believe Whitehouse and his wife are in a white Chrysler Town & Country minivan with a Kentucky license plate of 647 FPB. Whitehouse should be considered armed and dangerous.

The children who lived in the home are accounted for and were placed into the care of Child Protective Services.