UPDATE: Kidnapped Eminence woman safe, husband arrested

Published: Oct. 10, 2019 at 4:31 PM CDT
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The manhunt for a kidnapped Henry County woman is over after she was found safe and her husband placed under arrest.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office says Terry Allen Whitehouse has been found and arrested.

Melinda Whitehouse was found safe in the Mt. Eden area of Shelby County. Terry Whitehouse was arrested off Back Creek Road, also in the Mt. Eden area.

Authorities had been searching for than 24 hours for Melinda Whitehouse after she and her mother were kidnapped from a home in Eminence Thursday morning by Terry Allen Whitehouse, 37.

Terry Whitehouse had been released from the Shelby County Detention Center the day before after being arrested on domestic violence charges.

After releasing his mother-in-law, Terry Whitehouse continued to hold his wife against her will. Melinda Whitehouse’s mother asked for police to check on her husband at the home. It was during that check that Eminence police and Henry County Sheriff’s deputies found him dead.


Authorities across Kentucky are looking for a suspect they consider armed and dangerous after linking him to a homicide in Eminence.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is looking for Terry Allen Whitehouse, 37. Whitehouse is thought to be with his wife who he kidnapped after committing murder.

Whitehouse had just been released on his own recognizance from Shelby County Detention Center yesterday after being arrested for violating an emergency protection order.

Sgt. John Bailey of the Eminence police said at the request of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, an officer was sent to a home on Jackson Road around 6:30 a.m. to perform a welfare check as part of a kidnapping case.

The officer, who was backed up by Henry County Sheriff’s Office deputies, found an adult man dead from apparent trauma to the head.

Eminence Det. John Dudinskie said at 6:37 a.m. his department was contacted by Shelby County after one of two women taken against their will from Eminence home early this morning by Whitehouse was released. Dudinskie said the woman released is the mother-in-law of Whitehouse, who said Whitehouse did not release her daughter, Melinda Whitehouse, 34.

Whitehouse’s mother-in-law asked police to check on her husband. It was during that check that a man was found dead. His name has not been released.

An attempt to locate has been issued for a 2001 white Chrysler Town and Country minivan with Kentucky license 647 FPB. Anyone who sees the vehicle should call police.

Bailey said children in the home have been accounted and placed into the care of Child Protective Services.

The kidnapping investigation is a joint case between the Eminence police and the sheriff’s offices of Shelby and Henry counties.

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