Man convicted of hiding body now charged with killing girlfriend

May 08, 2019 06:46 PM

A man convicted of hiding a body has now been charged with killing his girlfriend.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office said in a news release Wednesday that Joshua Dow was charged Monday with second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Adelle Jensen.


Dow, 35, had been convicted of interference with a dead body, but prosecutors didn't have enough evidence in 2015 to charge him with anything more, the release said.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said, "This is still a difficult case because no one has ever been able to find Ms. Jensen's body. But thanks to the persistence of Minneapolis police homicide investigators and the unearthing of new evidence, we believe we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Dow committed second-degree murder."

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Without the body, and without any witnesses to the shooting, it was difficult to disprove Dow's story that she had shot herself, the attorney's office said in the release.

The criminal complaint said Jensen's parents and Dow went to a Minneapolis police station to report her missing on Nov. 30, 2015. While reporting her missing, Dow told officers he last saw Jensen early in the morning on Nov. 18 after they spent the evening at a downtown club, the complaint says.

Later, Dow's brother told police that on Nov. 18, his brother pointed a gun at him and said he needed help because Jensen had shot herself in front of him in their home. Dow and his brother got rid of the bloody couch, painted the walls to cover blood splatters and took Jensen's wrapped body to a warehouse where Dow had worked, stuffing her body in a locker, the complaint alleges.

It goes on to say when police arrived at the warehouse, Jensen's body was gone, and when Dow was arrested, he admitted to disposing of it but wouldn't say where. He also told officers at the time that Jensen shot herself, the complaint says.

Dow pleaded guilty in February 2016 to first-degree sale of drugs and interference with a dead body, a gross misdemeanor.

The attorney's office said a combination of reinterviewing witnesses, additional digital forensic investigation and statements Dow made to others over the past few years resulted in a more complete picture of what happened.

The release said Dow and Jensen had a child together, and while they had recently separated, they still did things together. A new criminal complaint says on Nov. 17, 2015, Jensen rented a Chevrolet truck for Dow's brother to use. Just before midnight, Jensen and the brothers went downtown, and at about 2:30 a.m., Dow's brother tried to convince her to come back to the home where the men lived in north Minneapolis, but Jensen refused.

Sometime after 5 a.m., Dow's brother was awakened by a gunshot and Dow coming into his bedroom to say he had dropped a gun and it fired, the complaint says. The brother went back to sleep, but data on Dow's phone indicated he headed toward the warehouse at about 7:20 a.m.

The complaint states Dow's brother woke up at noon and found another friend, who is now dead, in the home. The men loaded the couch into the friend's van. Meanwhile, Jensen's body was wrapped in plastic in the basement, and was later loaded into a box by the brothers, according to the complaint.

The men chopped the couch and scattered the pieces in different locations during the day and evening, the complaint states, and Dow's brother got rid of the .38 caliber revolver that killed Jensen. It also alleges the brothers moved the box with the body to the warehouse. After talking to the Carver County Sheriff's Office to report Jensen missing on Nov. 19, the brothers returned to the warehouse the following day and moved the body to another storage closet in the warehouse, according to the complaint.

On Nov. 21, Dow made another missing person report to Minneapolis Police with Jensen's parents, the complaint states.

It also states at about 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 22, an employee entered the warehouse and saw Dow washing plastic sheeting. Dow told the employee he'd been called in a couple hours earlier to clean up a sewage backup. About 20 minutes later, another witness saw Dow pushing a box from the warehouse loading dock into the Chevrolet truck Jensen had rented days before, the complaint states.

The release says police later learned Dow had dismembered Jensen's body in another room at the warehouse.

Dow's text messages from Nov. 11 to Nov. 22 indicated he and Jensen had been fighting, it turned physical and she said she'd buy a plane ticket and leave town, the release says. Dow responded that he'd take custody of their daughter and Jensen wouldn't ever see the girl again, the complaint said.

With his previous sentence, Dow is set to be released in February, the attorney's office said.

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