Daughter of woman allegedly murdered by business partner speaks about tragedy


by WHAS11


Posted on February 12, 2011 at 12:45 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-  Emily Cooper says the hardest part about losing her mother, Diane Tanselle, is trying to explain it to her son.

Cooper says she always believed her mother's business partner, Thomas Kessinger, killed her mother, but hearing that Kessinger is now indicted with her murder leaves the family with a lot of unanswered questions.

Diane Tanselle's body was found ten months ago in a van at a Lyndon Apartment Complex, a week after Cooper reported her mother missing.

Cooper says Kessinger was the last one to see her mother, but Kessinger denied having a hand in her murder.

Police are not releasing a motive, but Cooper says her mother and Kessinger were opening a tanning salon together and say the pair had a fight over money a few days before her murder.

“My mother had talked about the night she disappeared that he had accused her of stealing money from him and my mom said she didn't,” said Emily Cooper.

Police say large amounts of blood were found in Kessinger’s house, and they also say DNA results that came back from the Kentucky State Police Lab are part of the new evidence in the case that was used to indict him for murder.

Kessinger was also caught on a hardware store surveillance camera buying duct tape and a tarp right after Tanselle disappeared.

Police are not releasing the exact cause of death until the trial.

Kessinger was also indicted with tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.