UPDATE: Terry Whitehouse was caught Friday, October 11, in Shelby County. His wife was found safe.

EMINENCE, Ky. (WHAS11) — Eminence police are searching for Terry Whitehouse in connection to a double kidnapping and murder. 

Whitehouse, a 37-year-old white male, is believed to be armed and dangerous after kidnapping his wife Melinda Kate Whitehouse. He is driving a white Chrysler Town & Country with Kentucky license plate 647FPB.

The statewide search has gone nationwide with multiple agencies, including some from the federal government assisting in the hunt. 

"I hope they catch him at night because I am scared, I am frightened" said neighbor Carolyn Harris.

Police said Whitehouse kidnapped his wife and mother-in-law one day after he was released from jail. He was arrested for violating a restraining order his wife filed against him.

The mother-in-law was released, however, his wife, Melinda Kate Whitehouse, is still missing.

"Melinda needs to come home, her kids need a mom, there’s a mom who wants her daughter home tonight so I genuinely hope they find them," said one neighbor, Alyssa McAlister. 

Terry Whitehouse mugshot
Shelby County Detention Center

Police performed a welfare check at around 6:30 a.m. in connection to the kidnapping and found a man dead from a head trauma. The victim's name has not been released, but police believe it is Melinda's stepfather. Whitehouse is believed to be connected to the murder.

Whitehouse has a lengthy criminal history, including assault and domestic violence charges. He was just released from jail on Wednesday for violating a protection order filed by Melinda. 

(WATCH: The search for Terry Whitehouse: What we know)

"See, that should’ve been enough right there for them to not ROR [release on his own recognizance] him in my opinion, and that’s where I feel the justice system has failed public safety," said McAlister.

Police said the Whitehouse children are accounted for and safe in state custody. 

WHAS11 will update the story with more information when given.

Terry whitehouse license plate


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