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Missing Woman Found Murdered In A Ditch

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Wanda Henderson Wanda Henderson
Dannis Holden Dannis Holden

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - His wife was found brutally murdered just days ago.

Wanda Henderson disappeared over the weekend. Her body was found on Monday in Old Hickory.

Police won't say whether they have a suspect. But Henderson's husband is speaking out.

Police are investigating Dannis Holden in order to clear his name.

Detectives and crime scene investigators removed evidence from Henderson's home in Madison.

"We are collecting evidence to submit for processing at the TBI," said Metro detective Hugh Coleman.

Henderson was reported missing early Saturday morning. On Monday night, a man taking a walk found her body along Swinging Bridge Road in Old Hickory.

"And that's when it hurt," Holden said. "That's when it hurt. They didn't have to do it to her. They didn't have to. When he told me it was her. God! They didn't have to, man."

Holden wants police to clear his name.

"Well, the police are trying to clear me because, you know, I'm the first suspect," he said. "And family members you know, the kids especially, ‘You killed our mama.'"

Holden said the evidence police removed from the couple's home included some of his clothes.

"Uh, they took clothes from me. They want to know what did I have on that night," he said. "And they took pictures in the house. That's basically what they did."

Holden was with Henderson Friday night. He said early Saturday morning she took the car and left.

"I guess she was going up to the Mapco to get cigarettes. I went to sleep," he said.

He said he woke up about two in the morning and Wanda was still gone. Holden said he contacted family members a couple of hours later.

Then, they reported her missing. It is clear the police investigation includes Holden, but they are not calling him a suspect. 

"Right now, we're just trying to determine which direction we need to go next," Coleman said.

Holden said his wife had a checkered past that included a conviction of promoting prostitution in 1997 and patronizing prostitution in 1998.

He wonders if people on the street could have killed her.

"You know, she's been told many times by her neighbors and by me, 'Wanda you don't need to be messing with these people,'" he said.

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