Man charged in killing of woman found dead in storage unit

A western Indiana man has been charged in the slaying of a woman whose body was found last week in a storage unit where she had apparently been living with her alleged assailant.

Posted: Dec 31, 2020 8:29 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A western Indiana man has been charged in the slaying of a woman whose body was found last week in a storage unit where she had apparently been living with her alleged assailant.

Philip Michael Atterson of Terre Haute faces one count of murder in the killing of Sarah L. Henderson, 38, whose body was found Dec. 25 in the storage unit in Terre Haute. An autopsy found she died from sharp force injuries to the head, and her death was ruled a homicide.

Atterson, 29, had rented the storage unit where Henderson's body was found and both he and Henderson had apparently been living there, the Tribune-Star reported, citing court documents.

A man told police he called 911 on Dec. 24 after he saw that Henderson was dead in the storage unit and said Atterson then told him, “I did that, man," according to an affidavit.

That witness called 911, but a deputy who checked the storage facility that night found nothing unusual. Police using a cadaver dog found Henderson's body the next day in Atterson's storage unit after an anonymous call placed to Vigo County's dispatch center indicated Henderson might be dead in one of the units and that Atterson was involved.

Atterson appeared for an initial hearing Tuesday after surrendering Monday in Johnson County, south of Indianapolis. Online court records do not list an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

West Lafayette
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 74°
Kokomo
Partly Cloudy
73° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 73°
Rensselaer
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 72°
Fowler
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 70°
Williamsport
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 74°
Crawfordsville
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 73°
Frankfort
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 73°
Delphi
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 73°
Monticello
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 73°
Logansport
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 72°
Another great workday for your Tuesday with sunshine
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 774097

Reported Deaths: 14012
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1064061810
Lake571801030
Allen43386701
Hamilton37585426
St. Joseph37480568
Elkhart29847471
Tippecanoe23679231
Vanderburgh23586405
Porter19665327
Johnson18990394
Hendricks18232323
Clark13691199
Madison13675348
Vigo12937256
Monroe12673178
LaPorte12617225
Delaware11207198
Howard10791237
Kosciusko9839124
Hancock8845150
Bartholomew8327157
Warrick8194157
Floyd8108183
Grant7430181
Boone7279105
Wayne7264201
Morgan6974143
Marshall6365117
Dubois6310118
Cass6121112
Noble605891
Dearborn605478
Henry5988111
Jackson520177
Shelby514098
Lawrence4999127
Gibson470997
Montgomery463592
Clinton461755
DeKalb460785
Harrison458377
Huntington426982
Whitley420045
Steuben413661
Miami409373
Jasper403457
Knox396091
Putnam388362
Wabash373184
Adams357156
Ripley353871
Jefferson349787
White341454
Daviess3102100
Wells305581
Greene297585
Decatur294093
Posey288035
Fayette287464
Scott284458
LaGrange278772
Clay277049
Washington256838
Randolph248483
Jennings242149
Spencer240231
Fountain238350
Starke231359
Owen226159
Sullivan223243
Fulton210045
Jay203732
Carroll199723
Orange193856
Perry193039
Vermillion182844
Rush178927
Tipton174348
Franklin173735
Parke157016
Pike143734
Blackford138432
Pulaski124648
Newton124136
Benton111415
Brown106643
Crawford106516
Martin92915
Warren88115
Switzerland8528
Union73710
Ohio58511
Unassigned0429

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events