Police: Murder suspect killed man, kidnapped wife and mother-in-law

Suspect on the run after murder in Eminence

EMINENCE, Ky. (WAVE) - 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 on Wednesday after being arrested for violating an emergency protection order.

Police called to a home in Eminence, Ky. before sunrise on Oct. 10 found a man dead. The victim had suffered severe trauma to the head.
Police called to a home in Eminence, Ky. before sunrise on Oct. 10 found a man dead. The victim had suffered severe trauma to the head. (Source: Sean Baute, WAVE 3 News)

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 an Eminence home early Thursday 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.

According to Eminence police, terry Allen Whitehouse kidnapped his wife, Melinda, and her mother from a home early on Oct. 10, 2019. A man was found dead in the home during a welfare check by police.
According to Eminence police, terry Allen Whitehouse kidnapped his wife, Melinda, and her mother from a home early on Oct. 10, 2019. A man was found dead in the home during a welfare check by police. (Source: Eminence Police Department)

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.

Neighbor Martin Metts says he’s still in shock.

“It’s a nice neighborhood, we never really have any problems nobody really bothers anybody else,” Metts said. He lives a few doors down from the murder scene.

“My phone has been blowing up all morning people calling me, wanted to make sure I was alright you know, because the address is so close to mine,” Metts explained.

Metts said he didn’t even know anything was happening until he started getting the calls and then walked outside.

Other neighbors agreed with Metts, saying Eminence is a pretty quite place to live.

“You don’t hear anything out of nobody," neighbor Larry Taril said. "Everybody is pretty well quiet. You might have a few stealing gas but not too many break ins… not too many murders.”

The small city of Eminence hasn’t seen a murder in more than a decade.

“The thing is, I like it here because we don’t have a lot of these crimes so we’ll get through this one and hopefully it’s a long time til the next one,” Eminence detective John Dedinskie said.

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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