Tennessee man arrested and charged after taking his mother’s tarpaulin-covered corpse to hospital

Tennessee man indicted after he wrapped his mother’s dead body in a TARP and took her to hospital in the back of his truck: Claims she shot herself in the woods while he was standing next to her

  • Thomas Henshall, 37, of Tennessee was arrested Saturday after taking his late mother’s body wrapped in tarpaulin to hospital.
  • Henshall’s mother Danielle Bowen, 60, shot herself in the head in the woods in Chattanooga
  • He claimed he was next to Bowen when she killed herself, but also told his girlfriend that he found her body in the woods afterwards.
  • Bowen’s body was said to have been in the back of her son’s truck all day Saturday before being taken to Nashville VA Medical Center by him and his girlfriend.
  • Henshall has been charged with tampering with evidence, removing or disturbing a body and failing to report the discovery of a corpse










A Tennessee man has been arrested and charged after taking the body of his tarpaulin-wrapped mother to a Nashville hospital on Saturday night.

Thomas Henshall, 37, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, claimed he was next to his mother Danielle Bowen, 60, when she shot herself in the woods next to her.

However, when speaking to his girlfriend, Henshall said he had discovered his mother’s body in the woods. Homicide detectives investigate the inconsistencies in his story.

Henshall and his girlfriend, who has not been named, are said to have been driving around all day on Saturday with Bowen’s body in the back of the truck.

Thomas Henshall, 37, was arrested and charged on Saturday after failing to report the dead body of his mother Danielle Bowen, 60, which was covered in tarpaulin when her body was delivered to hospital.

He arrived at the Nashville VA Medical Center around 5:15 p.m. Saturday, despite passing multiple hospitals and law enforcement centers while en route.

The girlfriend was picked up at 8:30 am that morning by Henshall where the couple also packed food, coffee and petrol.

When the couple were brought in for questioning, Henshall said he called his girlfriend on Friday and Saturday to tell her he’d found his mother’s body and needed help getting it somewhere.

However, his cell phone is said to have been left somewhere in Chattanooga, although police discovered he had emailed his girlfriend earlier on Saturday.

Henshall and his girlfriend delivered Bowen's body to the Nashville VA Medical Center in Tennessee

Henshall and his girlfriend delivered Bowen’s body to the Nashville VA Medical Center in Tennessee

The email contained an attachment in which Bowen is said to have said, “He’s not responsible for anything. He has agreed to put me out of my misery.”

In terms of Bowen’s death, police also asked Henshall how his mother got a gun.

It is unclear if she was legally entitled to own a gun.

Henshall then invoked his Miranda rights and gave no further details about the incident.

However, he said the weapon he found at the scene of his mother’s suicide was in a motor home somewhere in Chattanooga.

The Metro Nashville PD confirmed the identity of Bowen's body and Twitter and announced the investigation into the incident

The Metro Nashville PD confirmed the identity of Bowen’s body and Twitter and announced the investigation into the incident

Henshall was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence, removing or disturbing a body and failing to report the discovery of a corpse.

He’s stuck in Nashville in lieu of $80,000 bail.

‘The body that Chattanoogan Thomas Henshall Jr. to Nashville has been confirmed to belong to his mother, Danielle Bowen, 60. She suffered a gunshot wound to the head,” Metro Nashville PD said on Twitter.

“The detectives of the MNPD’s Homicide Division are continuing the investigation in coordination with the Chattanooga authorities.”

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