Three charged with abuse of a corpse after Tennessee woman's overdose

Delena Kerr,41, and John Bradley Tharpe II, 39 are charged with abusing the corpse of a Tennessee woman. PHOTO: TBI

HENRY COUNTY, Tenn.--The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has announced the indictment of three people accused of abusing a corpse.

A joint investigation between the TBI, Henry County Sheriff's Office, and Puryear Police Department led to Monday's indictment of a woman and two men.

The TBI says the indictments stem from the investigation into 20-year-old Emily Webb's death on July 10, 2017. Webb's body was found in her car on Blood River Church Road as a result of a drug overdose.

However, investigators say Webb's body was placed there. Investigators say information was gathered showing Delena Kerr,41, John Bradley Tharpe II, 39, and Charles Delk, 38, rendered no aid to Webb during the overdose and transported her remains to the rural location where she was found.

Kerr was arrested on Tuesday at her McKenzie home, Tharpe was arrested by Paris Police, and Delk is currently in Kentucky where he is being held on unrelated charges.

All three are facing one count of abuse of a corpse. Kerr and Tharpe are being held at the Henry County Jail on $20,000 bond.

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