Police found the body of a missing 19-year-old New Castle man in Shenango Township, Pennsylvania, according to New Castle News. The outlet reported that two men, father and son Todd and Connor Henry, are both in jail on charges related to his murder.
Local police on Monday found the body of Amari Wise, reported missing on June 6, on Pennsylvania Avenue between the road and a creek.
Lawrence County Coroner Richard Johnson ruled Monday evening that the teen’s death was a homicide due to a gunshot wound to the head, New Castle News reported.
Johnson told the outlet that he made the determination during an autopsy within hours of police discovering the body.
Breaking: New Castle Police say they have found the body of Amari Wise in a wooded area just off Pennsylvania Ave in Shenango Twp.
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— Jennifer Borrasso (@JenBorrasso) June 16, 2020
Police announced on Facebook on Sunday that they had filed charges against a father and son in connection with Wise’s disappearance.
The New Castle Police Criminal Investigation Unit filed charges of homicide and tampering with evidence against 20-year-old Connor Henry, and conspiracy to commit homicide, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence against his father, Todd Henry, 47.
Todd Henry was taken into custody at the New Castle Police Department after turning himself in on Monday afternoon, according to the department. Connor Henry is in custody in Ocean City, Maryland, where he was arrested Sunday during a traffic stop — he is currently awaiting an extradition hearing.
The discovery comes on the heels of staged downtown protests by scores of Wise’s family, relatives and friends demanding answers and justice for the teen.
Here’s what we know about the case so far:
Wise Went Missing After a Dispute in the Henry Family’s Garage, Police Say
According to a criminal complaint obtained by New Castle News, eyewitnesses told authorities that Connor shot and killed Wise the night of June 5 during a disagreement inside the Henry family’s East Side garage.
Wise’s mother, Anitra, who lived with the teen, reported her son missing the next day after she didn’t hear from him Friday night or Saturday morning. Anitra Wise told investigators that she tried repeatedly to reach him on his cell phone but it went to voicemail.
According to New Castle News, police began their search that same day, using helicopters, dogs and drones. Two search warrants later uncovered a bullet and two firearm magazines at the Henry household, the complaint stated.
Couch cushions, a pair of shoes and a swab of the garage floor also tested positive for blood.
Meanwhile, a pair of separate informants told police that Todd and his son were seen drinking and smoking with Wise in a group at the garage that night.
According to the criminal complaint obtained by 21 News, Wise, sporting a fanny pack across his chest, began arguing with another man and said he was “going to shoot” the man. He then reached his hand near the fanny pack, the complaint indicates.
Connor, standing behind Wise, then shot him with a black, semi-automatic handgun, according to the complaint.
New Castle Police Have Filed a Criminal Complaint Against Todd and Connor Henry
On Sunday, Connor Henry was arrested by police in Ocean City, Maryland, according to KDKA, on a warrant during a traffic stop. The Ocean City authorities tracked down the younger Henry’s whereabouts after receiving a tip he was staying in the area.
Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa said Tuesday during a news conference broadcast by CBSN Pittsburgh that the 20-year-old will be brought back to the area within the next couple of days.
SUSPECT ARRESTED: Ocean City Police have released this mugshot of Connor Henry, who is charged with criminal homicide and tampering with evidence in the disappearance of Amari Wise in New Castle.
— KDKA (@KDKA) June 15, 2020
Todd Henry, according to New Castle News, turned himself in to New Castle police Monday to face his charges of conspiracy to commit homicide, obstruction of justice and tampering with physical evidence.
The father is accused of cleaning up the crime scene in the family’s garage the day after the shooting. The criminal complaint also links the Todd Henry’s car to El Rio Beach the night of Wise’s disappearance — which is where Wise’s car was found with a gun inside the door and traces of blood.
Although Todd Henry has 11 handguns registered in his name, the complaint discloses, none were found inside his house during the search.