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Search continues for man wanted in fatal shooting, wife's kidnapping

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Posted at 6:58 AM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 06:58:25-04

HENRY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Police across the commonwealth are searching for a man authorities say killed a man in Henry County and kidnapped his estranged wife.

Authorities said 37-year-old Terry Whitehouse is suspected in the crimes.

Authorities said Whitehouse's mother-in-law called the Shelby County Sheriff's Department on Thursday morning and said she had been kidnapped from Eminence by Whitehouse.

Whitehouse had been released Wednesday after being arrested for allegedly violating an emergency protection order that his wife, Melinda, had taken out against him, officials said.

Police say Whitehouse let the mother-in-law go but they believe his wife is still with him. Whitehouse should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities said.

"The mother-in-law was released unharmed, and she contacted Shelby County Sheriff's Office," said Eminence police Detective John Dudinskie. "Shelby County Sheriff's Office requested that we do a welfare check on home for her husband, who was at home, and that resulted in EPD locating a body and we have opened a homicide investigation."

Police believe Whitehouse may be traveling in a white 2017 Chrysler Town and Country minivan with Kentucky plates 647FPB.

Officials said there have been reports of sightings in Jeffersontown and Jackson County but none has lead to an arrest.

Jackson County Schools officials said schools there will be closed Friday as a precaution.