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Old 01-28-2011, 08:29 PM
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Amy Sue Henslee and an unnamed friend were found dead in a Bangor Township woods around 6 p.m. Thursday, and Henslee's cousin was being questioned as a suspect, a television report said late Thursday.

The report from Channel 3, Kalamazoo, said the cousin, B.J. Beebe Jr., had a hunting trailer where blood had been found earlier in the day. Beebe reportedly stopped by the Henslees' Hartford Township house Monday morning while her husband, James, was at work and their two sons were at school.

The TV news station showed a picture of two policemen transporting Beebe on a four-wheeler through the snow. The 11 p.m. newscast cited relatives of the Henslees and two other unnamed sources for information on the discovery of the bodies and naming of Beebe as a suspect.

Channel 3 said police dogs found a track from the Henslee house leading to Beebe's secluded trailer in the woods. Van Buren County sheriff's deputies reportedly found blood inside and outside the trailer's door.
Earlier Thursday, Henslee family friend Wendy Boyd said a neighbor saw a black truck leave the Henslee driveway Monday morning with a man and two women in it.

There was no immediate confirmation from police late Thursday night on the television report. The disappearance of the 30-year-old Henslee had become a national news story and absorbing local drama.

On Thursday morning, police were officially stating that they thought Henslee was alive.

At a press conference in Paw Paw, Lt. Bill Lux of the sheriff's department told reporters that, without evidence of a struggle or forced entry at the Henslee's home, police assumed she was still alive - somewhere.

Friends and family members told police that Henslee tended to stay inside her home on County Road 372 and would not open the door for a stranger, Lux said.

A neighbor this week also told The Herald-Palladium that Henslee would stay inside when her two boys would go out to be picked up by the school bus in front of the house.

"She must have left with someone she trusted, or she wouldn't have opened the door," Lux said. "Her husband said she never goes for walks and she's afraid to open the door. We don't know if we're dealing with a voluntary missing person. We don't know if we're dealing with an abduction. But I have no reason to believe she's not alive."

James Henslee's came home from work at 10:30 a.m. Monday to find her gone. He became concerned after she did not answer his phone calls that morning, police said earlier. Her coat and shoes were missing, but she left behind a purse with her identification inside. She didn't have a cell phone and didn't have access to a vehicle. The Henslees have two boys, ages 8 and 10.

Lux said James Henslee is not considered a suspect at this time.

"We have no reason to disbelieve him," Lux said. Henslee has been cooperative with police and said he would take a lie detector test if requested, Lux added.

By Thursday morning, more than 30 people had been interviewed, including friends, relatives and former co-workers of Amy Sue Henslee, Lux said. She worked at the Elder-Beerman department store at the Orchards Mall in Benton Township from October 2009 to September 2010, he said.

Due to the sheer amount of police work, sheriff's officers have activated a major crimes task force so they can be assisted by the state police, Berrien County Sheriff's Department and the FBI, said Van Buren County Prosecutor Juris Kaps.

The Henslee house, northwest of the city of Hartford, was searched for evidence both Wednesday night and again Thursday, Lux said.

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Old 01-28-2011, 09:20 PM
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Not surprising that in most murder cases someone close to the victim is usually the perpetrator.

Nice post, CG.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:42 PM
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If you want to get away with murder make sure there are no ties to your victim, not quite sure why you would want to kill a stranger though.
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