Murder victim found ‘bludgeoned and bound’ in Willard garage, warrant says

Chay L. Blair. Photo: Box Elder County Jail

WILLARD, Utah, Nov. 21, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — An unsealed warrant filed after an Ohio man’s body was found in a Willard garage reveals new details about what police discovered at the scene.

On Nov. 1, Willard Police officials responded to a single-family residence at 435 S. Main, after receiving a phone tip. A female caller said the man living in the home had called her daughter, saying he killed someone and left the body in the garage.

Police got a search warrant for the home and detached garage of 25-year-old Chay Lance Blair, of Willard.

Willard Police Chief Jean Loveland responded to the address, ” … and discovered a deceased person in the garage that appeared to have been bludgeoned and bound with ropes,” the warrant says.

“The suspect resided in the home and had spent time with the decedent in the home and the garage just hours before.”

The man, dead from blunt-force trauma, was 27-year-old Cody Devin Henderson, who had been visiting from Ohio.

Among the possible evidence police collected from the scene was:

  • A cell phone, motel key and a fob for a rental car
  • An Ohio driver license
  • Money
  • Pieces of cinder block and brick from the garage and back patio
  • A cellphone from a fanny pack inside the home
  • Notes from inside the home
  • Parachute cord and power cord from the garage
  • A rope found inside the home and one found in the garage
  • A blood swab from the back patio collected by the State Bureau of Investigation

Blair was found later that day in American Falls, Idaho, and was returned to Utah and booked into the Box Elder County Jail.

Blair is charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and with abuse or desecration of a dead body, a third-degree felony.


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