Detective: Kids were home when mother was killed - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Detective: Kids were home when mother was killed

News conference was held Friday regarding the arrest of Terrence Thomas News conference was held Friday regarding the arrest of Terrence Thomas
Karen Denise Thomas, who was missing for one week, was found dead in the Loosahatchie River Karen Denise Thomas, who was missing for one week, was found dead in the Loosahatchie River
Terrence Thomas (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office) Terrence Thomas (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

(WMC-TV) – A news conference was held Friday afternoon regarding the death of Karen Denise Thomas and her husband's arrest.

"This, of course, is not the outcome we were all hoping and praying for when we learned that Karen Denise Thomas was missing," said Sheriff Bill Oldham. "Our condolences and continuing prayers go out to her family and we will seek full measure of justice for Ms. Thomas."

According to Memphis Police Department Director Toney Armstrong, Karen Thomas' husband, Terrence Thomas, voluntarily talked with police after his wife's body was discovered.

Armstrong said until her body was found, Terrence Thomas was not a suspect, but instead, a person of interest.

"Anytime you have a person disappear under suspicious circumstances such as this one, I think it always stands to reason that the spouse would be a person of interest," said Director Toney Armstrong.

Armstrong said Terrence's accounts of his wife's disappearance did make them suspicious.

"There were several different accounts of the details surrounding her disappearance but all of those details, all of those accounts were suspicious to us, which led us to continue the investigation," explained Armstrong. "I think there was some past domestic violence reports, and certainly that was something that we paid attention to, certainly was something that we looked at as a possible motive attached to her disappearance, but again, until the body was recovered we really didn't have anything to go on but a missing person investigation."

It was revealed in the news conference that there are no additional suspects in the case. There are detectives on the scene where the body was found trying to determine exactly where the body was left.

Detectives did say that Karen Thomas' body was left in the river the same day she was killed. They also said the children were in the home when she was killed but they do not know yet whether the kids saw or heard anything.

Detectives say Terrence Thomas confessed Thursday to strangling his wife and throwing her body off of the bridge into the Loosahatchie River.

He is charged with first degree murder and false reporting.

Action News 5's Jerica Phillips was at the news conference Friday. She will have additional details in a live report at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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