Couple charged with dumping corpse

Thomas Bronnenburg (Source: LMDC)
Thomas Bronnenburg (Source: LMDC)
Jessica Whann (Source: LMDC)
Jessica Whann (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man and woman are facing criminal charges after a person's body was found dumped in a car on Sept. 10 in the Highlands.

Thomas Bronnenburg, 46, of Louisville dragged the body of Christopher Pickerell from a home on S. Shelby Street, according to an arrest report, loaded it into Pickerell's car and had a woman drive that car to Bardstown Road.

Jessica Whann, 31, lives with Bronnenburg and is listed as a co-defendant on his arrest record and is accused by police of driving the car. However, the charges filed against her in this case weren't immediately clear Thursday morning.

Whann also faces a drug possession charge from August after being arrested in an alley outside the Shelby Street residence.

Pickerell's decomposing body was discovered in his car on Sept. 10, according to police, parked in an alley south of the intersection of Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue.

An autopsy published on Sept. 13 in The Courier-Journal for a 39-year-old Christopher David "pickle" Pickerell indicates he worked as a paramedic for the Scott County EMS, and that survivors include a wife and a daughter.

It lists his date of death as Sept. 7.

The body was found without his car keys, iPhone 4S and wallet, according to police.

Bronnenburg is charged with theft by unlawful taking, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.

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