Michigan Mom Amy Henslee Found Dead

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Amy Henslee, the Michigan mom of two who vanished from her home three days ago, was found shot to death early this morning, police said. Her body was found buried with the corpse of another woman.

"Unfortunately, the investigation that began with the disappearance of Amy Henslee this past Monday evening culminated this morning with the discovery of her body and also the body of Tonya Howarth," Van Buren County Prosecutor Juris Kaps said.

Junior Lee Beebe, 34, was arraigned today on two counts of open murder and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He is being held at Van Buren County Jail without bond. Beebe is the cousin of Henslee's husband.

"It appears that they both died of multiple gunshot wounds," Kaps said.

Howarth, 36, was dating Beebe, the prosecutor said. Investigators are still determining the relationship between Henslee and Howarth.

Henslee, 30, left willingly from her home Monday morning with Beebe, investigators said. She left with just her black coat and Puma sneakers.

"Everything indicated that there was no physical confrontation when she left," Van Buren County Sheriff Dale Gribler said.

Henslee's husband, James Henslee, told ABCNews.com that while police were interviewing Beebe a volunteer group called Michigan Working Dogs went to the dead woman's house in Hartford Township where the dogs were given Amy Henslee's scent.

The dogs were then taken to Beebe's home in Bangor Township, six miles from Henslee's house, where they picked up her scent again and led them to Henslee's grave, James Henslee said.

The bodies were identified by photographs and tattoos.

The husband was clearly emotional while talking, choked up at times and taking long pauses between sentences.

"I'm still holding up. I have Amy with me," he said.

Their two sons, he said, "are as good as you can expect. I'm keeping them occupied with their friends."

Suspect in Amy Henslee's Murder Was Mixed-Martial Arts Fighter

A friend of Howarth said that she had been with Beebe for several years. Howarth had two daughters who weren't currently living with her, the friend said.

"She was like a big sister to me," Stefanie Hankins said. "I hadn't seen her [Howarth] in a while because Beebe was her boyfriend and he beat her and I kept telling her one of these days he's going to end up killing you."

Kaps indicated that Beebe had a record. "He has some prior contact with criminal justice system," the prosecutor said.

Beebe has beeen arrested seven times between 1995 and 2005, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported. He's been arrested in the past on charges of larceny, drug possession and driving while impaired, the newspaper reported.

Beebe, nicknamed "JB," participated in mixed-martial arts fighting competitions. He was a member of the Southwest Michigan Ultimate Combat Fighting, a group of amateur mixed martial arts fighters.

Beebe's Facebook profile shows pictures of him at the matches and several pictures of him with black eyes and injuries to his face.

Jeff Hill, founder of the amateur boxing group, said that Beebe joined the group about eight months ago. Beebe won a fight last weekend in three rounds, Hill said. Howarth, the girlfriend Beebe is accused of murdering, attended the fight.

Hill is shocked by the charges against Beebe, describing him as mild-mannered and not very aggressive in the boxing ring. He had a losing record of 3-6.

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