Three indicted, accused of abuse of a corpse in death of Henry County woman

Staff Reports • Nov 8, 2017 at 4:46 PM

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agents, working in cooperation with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Puryear police, received indictments for three suspects accused of abusing a corpse.

At the request of 24th District Attorney Matthew Stowe, TBI agents joined the investigation into the death of a woman identified as 20-year-old Emily Webb, found in her car July 10 along Blood River Church Road.

Though Webb’s death was determined to be the result of a drug overdose, during the investigation, authorities developed information that Delena Kerr, 41; John Bradley Tharpe III, 39; and Charles Delk, 38, rendered no aid and took her body to the rural location.

On Monday, a Henry County grand jury returned indictments charged each suspect with abuse of a corpse. On Tuesday, authorities found Kerr at her home in McKenzie, while Paris police officers arrested Tharpe.

The two were booked in at the Henry County Jail, each on $20,000 bond. Delk remained in authorities’ custody in Kentucky on unrelated charges. 

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