Michigan Mom Amy Henslee Found Dead


Search for Amy Henslee Ends With Discovery of Grave

Police initially said that they believed Henslee was still alive and had left home voluntarily. But today they concluded that Henslee and Howarth were murdered on Monday morning, the day Henslee disappeared.

James Henslee, Amy Henslee's husband, discovered that his wife had seemingly vanished when she didn't answer his phone calls from work.

He is not a suspect in his wife's murder, police said.

"Time's going by and you're just worried that you're not going to find her and that's what kills you the most," James Henslee said Wednesday.

He last saw his wife when he kissed her goodbye as he headed to work Monday at 7:30 a.m. The couple's two young boys, 8 and 10 years old, had already left for school.

When James Henslee, 32, went to call his wife on his 10 a.m. break, she didn't pick up. He kept calling, becoming increasingly concerned because she had no car.

One of the family's cars wasn't working, forcing James Henslee to use what was normally his wife's vehicle.

Worried, James Henslee left work early, returning to home in Hartford Township to find the door locked and his wife missing.

He enlisted the help of friends and both his parents and Amy Henslee's parents to look for the woman. He called police at 4:20 p.m. on Monday to report that she was missing, police said.

James Henslee described his wife to police as someone who is afraid to open the door if it's a stranger and doesn't routinely leave the home to go for a walk or a jog.

A detailed examination of the home showed no tracks leading from the home. Amy Henslee does not have a cell phone, police said. She was not working, but had previously worked at a department store until September of last year. The disappearance shocked the small town of 3000 people.

"This is totally out of character," Wendy Boyd, a friend of the couple, said. "Anyone who knows Amy knows she would never not be home for her children."

Boyd last saw her close friend recently at a school gym where both their children were playing basketball games.

"We were all in the same gymnasium together … of course, always a big hug, always a big smile, 'I love you, I miss you.' I said, 'OK, I hope Jared [Henslee's son] has a wonderful game, I miss you baby girl and I'll see you later,'" Boyd said.

Boyd and other friends and family of the couple blanketed the town with pictures of Amy Henslee.

A memorial page on Facebook has been created, which already has over 5000 members.

Amy Henslee's Disappearance Ends in Murder

Boyd said on Thursday that the disappearance was taking a toll on Amy Henslee's two sons.

"The oldest one, he will not open up to anyone about his feelings," she said. "He's really clammed up to the point where it is making him sick to his stomach. … The youngest one, Jonah, who's very happy-go-lucky, a lot like his mother, he will be fine for 10, 15, 20 minutes and very quickly he will turn and it turns into uncontrollable crying for his mother."

One of the sons will turn 11 years old tomorrow.

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