Carbondale mayor takes leave of absence

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – The mayor of Carbondale announced he will take a temporary leave of absence until further notice following the death of his wife.

Councilwoman Carolin Harvey will assume the role of Mayor Pro Tempore and will take over mayoral duties during Mayor Henry’s absence.

Mayor John “Mike” Henry issued the following statement, “My heart has been filled with indescribable sadness since the sudden loss of my wife, Terri. While our families mourn and process this unspeakable tragedy, we request privacy as we make arrangements and thank you for your condolences.”

According to Illinois State Police, 66-year-old Theresa Henry was found dead in the evening hours of August 9.  

John Henry notified the Carbondale Police Department who responded to the scene, according to the Illinois State Police. Jackson County Ambulance Services Paramedics pronounced Theresa Henry dead.  

CPD requested Illinois State Police conduct an investigation into Theresa Henry’s death. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, August 12.  

The Jackson County Coroner’s Office and ISP Crime Scene Services are working together to investigate.  Once the investigation is complete, the case will be turned over to the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office for review. 

All investigative matters are being handled by the Illinois State Police.

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