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The Unsolved Murder of Sheila Henry

The Unsolved Murder of Sheila Henry

 

Case File Overview

When Sheila Henry was murdered and “found in a pool of blood,” she was six-weeks pregnant.

Sheila, a 26-year-old nurse who worked at Vancouver General Hospital, was killed in the late afternoon on February 5th, 1993. She was beaten to death, likely with a flashlight, and was smothered with a pillow when she refused to succumb to her injuries.

Her husband, David Henry, called 911 after discovering Sheila’s bloody body in their Kitsilano, BC home at 3356 W 7th Ave. at approximately 8pm.

Crime scene

Image of Shelia Henry murder crime scene
Image source: Vancouver Police Department

Sheila was raised in beautiful Kimberley, BC and enjoyed skiing and the outdoors. When she went away for school to the University of Victoria, she met her husband David.

After Sheila studied nursing at Mount Royal College, her and David moved to Kitsilano, BC. Sheila worked as a nurse, and David did occasional freelance computer programming. He was also tremendously fond of playing Dungeons and Dragons.

 

Case File Theories

 

Was Sheila murdered by a stranger? 

Sheila could’ve been killed by a stranger. This seems highly unlikely, however, since there was no sign of forced entry. Moreover, if Sheila’s murder was a robbery gone bad, it seems odd that nothing was out of place in the home or missing. And, from what I’ve been able to uncover, this theory has never been suggested by the police.

Was Sheila murdered by her roommate or a friend?

Sheila and David shared their duplex with an unnamed friend. Although details are sketchy, the media reported that the roommate was cleared as a suspect. The roommate and other friends of the couple also consented to be polygraphed, so I think it’s highly unlikely that any of them were involved in Sheila’s murder. It would be nice, though, to know if the roommate had an alibi.

Was Sheila murdered by her husband?

David, Shelia’s husband, is the primary suspect in her murder. He is, in fact, the only suspect that the police have publicly named.

David told the police that he went out shopping and to visit friends at 3pm on the day Sheila was killed. He said returned around 8pm to find her dead.

In a bizarre turn of events, David informed the police that he had lost his wedding ring while on holidays in Florida. However, the police found the wedding ring stashed behind a couch cushion in the detective’s lounge. Yes, you read that right!

After David’s discarded wedding ring was located, he was read his rights. Since that moment, David has refused to talk to the police. David’s lawyer, Harold Rusk,  sent the police a letter stating, “Mr. Henry will be continuing to exercise his right to silence.”

Sheila’s parents fought hard for an inquest into their daughter’s death, no doubt to try to get David to talk. During the inquest, David denied killing his wife and trying to date one of his wife’s friends. At the end of the inquest, the jury decided that a reward should be offered to help identify Sheila’s killer.

After prosecutors refused to charge David with Sheila’s murder, citing a lack of evidence, Sheila’s family sued David for the wrongful death of their daughter under the Family Compensation Act in 1999. The courts dismissed the case because the law states that a family only has a two-year window from the time of the crime to sue, and refused to make an exception.

Who do you think murdered Sheila Henry?

Sheila Henry

Image of murder victim Sheila Henry
Image source: Vancouver Police Department

Since Sheila’s brutal murder, her parents, Gary and Linnea McIndoe, have fought for justice for their daughter. Through the years, they’ve grieved both the loss of their daughter and their unborn grandchild. Gary took early retirement to be with his wife, and they’ve both been in counselling to deal with their grief.

Sheila’s father painfully recounted his ongoing heartbreak in 2007: “I feel like I have failed my daughter by not bringing her murderer to justice. I still wake up at night with Sheila screaming for her dad to help her, but I never can.”

The police are counting on the public to come forward to help solve this heinous murder. If you have any information about the murder of Sheila Henry, please contact the Vancouver Police Department at (604) 717-3321.

Related Reading

Shelia Henry Cold Case Overview – Vancouver Police Department post

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11 Comments

  1. Ayesha Ayesha

    Well as a Psychic I must say the First thought that Came up was Her Husband did it! The Usual he had a Affair, She fell Pregnant and He didn’t want the Baby or Her. He Might have Refused a Divorce cause He might Lose a lot of Possessions.
    I also think he might have had a Life Insurance that would pay out to him if anything had happened to Her! I Truly think it’s Him and As They say Actions Speak louder Than Words!
    Any Concerned Husband would Be by his wife side being Very Happy about a New Baby and want to remain by Her to Assist with Any kind of Needs.
    Look also for a blonde Curly hair lady in the Husband life someone he would know like a lady from the bank, pharmacy somewhere he would go often or regular. You would find the missing piece of the puzzle!

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Ayesha, Thanks for taking the time to comment and for your insights. I’m leaning your direction as well; it seems very likely the husband was somehow involved. He’s the only named suspect the police have named, and, sadly, when women are murdered, it usually is done by someone who they know and are intimate with. If your visions are strong, perhaps you should consider contacting the police and passing on the leads. Looks like they desperately need a break in the case! Take care.

  2. Gary & Linnea McIndoe Gary & Linnea McIndoe

    It has been 25 years today since our daughter Sheila`s murder. It`s a long time for no justice. In the justice system the criminal has all the rights and the victim has none. It is hard getting any information because of privacy rules. We have known since the beginning who is responsible for her murder.

    • Christine Christine

      Gary and Linnea, thank you for reaching out. I can’t even imagine what you are going through. I offer my heartfelt condolences on your loss and the tragic injustice that Sheila’s case remains “unsolved” (it’s pretty apparent who is responsible for Sheila’s murder). I volunteered in victim services for a few years, and sadly your comments on the so-called justice system are right on the mark. Although I believe it’s important to ensure that innocent people are not convicted of crimes, oftentimes victims’ rights and the rights of their loved ones are too quickly cast aside. I’ll continue sharing your daughter’s case in hopes that one day someone who knows something will come forward with information.

  3. Gary & Linnea McIndoe Gary & Linnea McIndoe

    Thank you for your interest. If you ever have any questions you know how to reach us.

  4. Bill Bill

    I agree with you that everything points to the husband, and his pathetically stupid lie about the wedding ring suggests that he wasn’t a mastermind of anything. The idea that he committed the crime in a way that would preclude a successful prosecution seems unbelievable.

    Mostly, the case seems full of questions.

    My first question was whether the roommate was male or female. While either a male or female could have hit her with a flashlight to incapacitate her, beat her with the flashlight, and then asphyxiated her with a pillow, the description sounds more like what a male would do. A woman could have swung the flashlight during an argument and done everything else in a panic, but a male still seems more likely.

    Either way, I’d want not only an alibi for the time of the murder but information about the whole timeline of the day. Was the roommate there when the husband left at three o’clock? What time did the roommate intend to return to the home? Did the husband know when the roommate planned to return? Did the husband know where the roommate was going? Did anyone else know that the roommate would be away from the home during that time?

    For the husband, I’d want to know an entire timeline for his day. Once I had that timeline, I’d want to see whether every part of the timeline was confirmed by witnesses, receipts, and anything else.

    Do we know whether the police ever made a strong effort to ask for witnesses who might have seen anyone approaching or leaving the house? The neighborhood seems nice enough. My sense is that people wouldn’t have been afraid to come forward to say what they’d seen. I’d be curious whether any neighbors saw the husband’s car approaching or leaving the house during the five hours that he said he was shopping and visiting friends.

    Do we know whether the police ever looked for her blood in his car? I’d expect a few hard strikes from a flashlight or similar object to cause some kind of cut. While her blood could have been in his car for various innocent reasons, somewhat fresh blood on the floor mat in the front seat would be suspicious.

    Did any of his friends say anything about him having a flashlight like the one the police believe caused the injuries. If the weapon was a full-sized Mag Light, the flashlight would be pretty obvious if kept in some parts of the car. If friends could say where the husband usually kept the light and the light wasn’t there after the murder, that’s suspicious. If the place where he usually kept the flashlight had her blood, that’s suspicious. Considering how stupid he was with the ring, I wonder whether the evidence-covered flashlight was still in his car when the police arrived at the home.

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Bill! Thanks for reading and for your comments. Great questions that I wish the police would one day answer. And yes, the husband seems to be far from a rocket scientist. I still think he was likely responsible, but I’m open to other suspects.

  5. Rosie Rosie

    The roommate was out of town at his grandmothers funeral. He is a total upstanding person and he put out fires at times trying to protect Sheila from his temper. This is some kind of cover up imo. His father was a Dr. in Victoria, older brother is a government employee in Ottawa. His is also Dr. Why did the Dad immediately get him a lawyer? It seems to me that Sheila’s murder is not being solved by someone who has connections in high places. It is so obvious that the husband did this. I am sure the interview the police had with the roommate would prove without doubt the husband is the murderer. Something is very odd about the Henry family.

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Rosie. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to share your insights into the case. This is good information about the case and the roommate’s alibi – thank you. Did you find this information online, or did you know the roommate? As I suggested in the article on the site, I do think it’s likely Sheila’s husband’s was involved in her death. But as more and more years pass I think it’s less and less likely the case will ever be solved – which is a tragic injustice. Thanks again!

  6. Robin Robin

    I know the roommate and yes he was away at his grandmother’s funeral. He is a very nice person and I can verify that he did in fact protect Sheila at times from David Henry’s temper. He had to step in on more than one occasion. I have spoken with him. He is without any doubt a very upstanding person. No doubt there at all. He knows who did this as we all do. David Henry, the husband. The Henry family are odd, secrets. Father was a Victoria Dr. and brother has job in Ottawa with government. DR. Dad and brother are both named Hugh Henry. The sister is also a Dr. in North Vancouver,

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Robin. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge of this case with us. It was tough to find much on the roommate so this is really helpful. I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be for Sheila’s loved ones and the police to basically know who did it but be stalled due to lack of evidence. Hopefully one day soon they get what they need to see justice done for Sheila. It’s been far too long.

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