Jerry Sherman Hendry
Jerry, approximately 1997
Date reported missing : 11/13/1997
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 01/08/1943 (78)
Age at the time of disappearance: 54 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 150 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A button-down shirt, blue jeans and sneakers.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Gray hair, green eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Jerry was last seen at his home in Newellton, Louisiana on November 13, 1997. He has never been heard from again. In 1999, his wife, Mary Ann Hendry, was charged with his murder. Mary had been a suspect in her husband's disappearance from the onset of the investigation. She was arrested after she confessed.
Mary stated she beat Jerry to death with a wooden cutting board during a drunken argument. She then wrapped his body in a rug, burned it and buried it in the yard near the driveway. Police seized the alleged murder weapon and excavated half a mile of land with shovels and backhoes looking for the body, but found only some bone fragments.
The outcome of the criminal case is unknown, and Jerry has never been located.
Other information and links : ncy
Tensas Parish Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
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