A 43-year-old man, Freddie Wright, has been arrested by the police following the discovery of his wife’s burned remains inside a metal drum last week. Henderson Police and Fire responded to the scene on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in the 1700 block of Sunset Road, extinguishing the fire in the metal drum and uncovering the deceased woman’s remains.
The victim, identified as Janell Bowen, was determined by the coroner’s office to have died from asphyxiation by strangulation, indicating a homicide. Wright, the victim’s husband, is the primary suspect in the case. The couple, along with their children, had been residing in a shared residence with several other individuals since mid-November.
According to an arrest report obtained by KSNV-TV, a witness in the home reported that around Nov. 18, Wright expelled them from the residence to confront his wife. Attempts to re-enter were thwarted when the door was locked, and Bowen allegedly refused entry. The witness claimed to have witnessed Wright strangling his wife during this incident.
Police took Wright into custody on Nov. 27 through the Criminal Apprehension Team. In statements to detectives, Wright admitted to confronting his wife about another relationship and confessed to “snapping” and strangling Bowen. Shockingly, he allegedly kept her body for several days before placing it in the metal drum and setting it on fire at the Whitney Mesa Park trailhead.
Freddie Wright is currently held in the Henderson Detention Center, facing charges of open murder, first-degree arson, and destroying evidence.