Authorities in Tennessee have announced that the body of a California Highway Patrol commander was discovered over the weekend, two months after her husband’s body was discovered after he had been reported missing. Captain Julie Harding, 49, was in charge of the CHP’s Northern California Yuba-Sutter division.
According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee, she was found dead from a gunshot wound at a home on Saturday morning. Officer Ricardo Ortiz, a spokesman for the CHP Valley Division, said in an email that the Clay County Sheriff’s Office,
with assistance from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, was looking into the circumstances surrounding the death. As the obituary read, “Harding was a current member of the Yuba-Sutter Area Office and was on leave at the time of her passing.”
The Appeal-Democrat of Marysville, which broke the news of Harding’s death, reports that the investigation has been transferred to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. While a TBI spokesperson told ABC 10 that the death did not appear to be the result of foul play, sheriff’s officials have not yet determined whether the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
Sheriff’s deputies in Clay County said that Harding’s husband, Michael Harding, 53, had been missing since September 20. In early October, his body was discovered in neighboring Cumberland County, Kentucky, according to reports from local news outlets and radio station WUCT.
Police in Murfreesboro, Tennessee arrested Julie Harding on Thursday for stalking and criminal trespassing, respectively, according to the local newspaper the Appeal-Democrat. On Friday before she was discovered dead, she was finally freed.
The Appeal-Democrat reported on a police report from the Murfreesboro Police Department in which the victim, a woman identified as a former girlfriend of Michael Harding, claimed that Julie Harding had broken into her home in October and harassed and stalked her.
Reports in the Appeal-Democrat, citing unnamed sources, suggest that law enforcement is looking into whether or not a man named Thomas Francis O’Donnell was involved in the contract killing of Michael Harding. O’Donnell, 60, was arrested by law enforcement on a warrant from another state last Thursday at Sacramento International Airport. CBD & HEMP WEEKLY
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Authorities are still trying to piece together what led to the deaths of the Hardings, but they have described a disturbing relationship between the CHP captain and Davis. In Tennessee, “Davis expressed fear of Julie because Michael was shot in the head,” according to official records.
According to the police report, Julie Harding entered Davis’ house without permission two weeks after the discovery of Michael Harding’s body to retrieve the couple’s dog, Charlie.
According to a report from Tennessee seeking an arrest warrant for Harding, on October 10 she opened her front door and grabbed the dog by its collar, and led it away, despite Davis’ claims that she had indicated she would turn the dog over to a police station.
After Davis’s Netflix account was compromised for three days, he contacted the authorities. Davis claims that two profiles were altered to show her name next to images of a monkey and an enraged princess.
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In 2019, Michael and Julie purchased a joint residence in Celina, Tennessee. On December 10th, Julie’s body was discovered with a gunshot wound in that house. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.
Michael was reported missing for several months before his body was discovered on September 26 with multiple gunshot wounds in a home on Glasgow Road in Burkesville, Kentucky, about 30 minutes from the Tennessee home.
The two of them knew each other through Michael’s friend Preston Cleary. Michael and Cleary became fast friends after Cleary relocated to Tennessee, and Cleary recently announced that Michael would be one of his groomsmen.
Michael vanished not long after he was supposed to pick up a tuxedo for a wedding. Cleary said that Michael was on his way to a tuxedo shop in Bowling Green, Kentucky, after making a service call, but Michael never arrived at the shop.
Michael Harding (pictured), Harding’s husband, vanished in September 2022 but was later found dead in a deserted house in Cumberland County, Kentucky. He had been shot multiple times. The Kentucky State Police, with assistance from the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, are treating his death as homicidal, as reported by KCRA 3.