Police find missing woman's van

Diane Tanselle
Diane Tanselle
Thomas Kessinger (source: Indiana State Police)
Thomas Kessinger (source: Indiana State Police)

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LYNDON, KY (WAVE) - Police say they have found a van that belongs to a Lyndon woman who hasn't been seen since April 2.

According to LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell, officers from the Graymoor-Devondale Police Department found Diane Tanselle's van around 6 a.m. on April 8 in the parking lot of the Post Oaks apartment homes, which is about three blocks from the home of Thomas Kessinger, a person of interest in this case.

Police arrested Kessinger, 66, who co-owns a tanning salon with Tanselle, earlier this week. Investigators believe Kessinger may be involved in Tanselle's disappearance, but have not charged him yet.

On April 5, LMPD officers said they went to Kessinger's Lyndon home to talk with him about Tanselle's disappearance and possible drug activity. But officers said he took off and led them on a chase that ended in Clark County.

An Indiana State Police report filed in Clark Superior Court 2 says Kessinger told officers he ran because of his past drug convictions.

According to the ISP report, investigators believe they found Tanselle's cell phone in Kessinger's back yard. The Indiana court papers indicate the LMPD search of Kessinger's home not only found that phone, but "a large amount of suspected blood" inside Kessinger's home.

Additional information listed in the report states that investigators found bath towels, rubber gloves, large ziplock bags, a roll of duct tape, personal clothes, and a briefcase in Kessinger's car and says officers found a receipt in Kessinger's pocket for the duct tape and a tarp. The court documents reveal the items were purchased from a home improvement store on April 4.

Louisville Metro Police tell us they suspect foul play in Tanselle's disappearance, but currently Kessinger is not facing charges related to that. He is being held in the Clark County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Kessinger on growing and trafficking marijuana. Each of those charges is a Class C Felony.

Mitchell says police may have more information to release at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

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